Why You Drool When You Sleep and How to Stop It

Why you drool when you sleep? Oh, we’ve all drooled on our pillow at one point or another. But did you know that when this phenomenon occurs regularly and excessively, it can be a sign of a developing disease or some malfunction taking place in the body? We at Bright Side decided to find out what the reasons are behind drooling and how we can decrease it or stop it from happening.

Excess drooling (a.k.a. hypersalivation) can be the result of nasal congestion or even a sign of a neurological disorder. Those who’ve already had health issues, like stroke sufferers or people with multiple sclerosis, for instance, tend to drool more often and more excessively. But if your drooling isn’t medical-related, here are some ways you can stop it!

Change your sleeping position 2:12
Use an oral device to stop drooling 3:06
Check for sleep apnea 3:50
Make sure your medicine isn’t causing the problem 4:40
Keep your head up! 5:22
Check if the issue is neurological 6:12
Clear your sinuses 6:51

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– If you sleep on your side or on your belly, you have a much higher chance of drooling throughout the night. As obvious as it might sound, sleeping on your back will keep all that saliva in your mouth so that it doesn’t drool out.
– Special anti-drooling devices do exist, and they’re actually really effective! Consulting a dentist can help you get the right device for your mouth that will help reduce your drooling.
– Sleep apnea is a very serious disorder when a person’s breathing doesn’t go as smoothly as it should during sleep. Their breath can become shallow, and they might even stop breathing multiple times throughout the night! This condition leads to interrupted and poor-quality sleep, feeling tired in the morning, and drowsiness throughout the day.
– When drooling is caused by a certain medicine, the problem isn’t that your mouth just isn’t swallowing at night, but that your body is producing too much saliva. If you’re taking any medicine, make sure that a side effect isn’t the production of excess saliva.
– Elevating your head and sleeping on a higher pillow can reduce drooling. Simply fluff up your pillow before you go to bed, and make sure you feel comfortable lying on it. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your pillow, then this is a good opportunity to save your neck from a pillow with no support left.
– If the issue is neurological and the neurological cause has been treated, your doctor can prescribe you a special oral medicine or a medicated patch to treat your saliva problem.
– One of the main causes of drooling is a blocked nose. When your nose won’t allow any air in, you breathe through your mouth and drooling ensues. Cleaning and unblocking your nasal sinuses could be a simple and effective way out of sleeping on a wet pillow every night.

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