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Embarrassed Due to Drooling in Sleep? Here's How to Stop It

Drooling in Sleep
Drooling in sleep can be a natural, harmless phenomenon or a symptom of medical issues like allergies or a blocked nose. Consult a specialist doctor to prevent it.
Deepa Kartha
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2018
Drooling is something that is commonly associated with infants. However, it is not something that is restricted to children. There are several teenagers as well as adults who suffer from the same problem. People who drool frequently during their sleep will understand when I say that it can cause embarrassment when sharing bed with another person. Also, waking up in the morning on a puddle of saliva on your pillow is also not a pleasant experience. Although this problem is common, people do not seek a cure for it as they think that it is a habit which cannot be changed. Nevertheless, it is actually possible to stop this problem with appropriate measures. So, if you have the habit of drooling in sleep, it is important for you to know about how to stop this habit.
Causes of drooling in sleep
boy drooling in sleep
One of the most common cause is sleeping with the mouth open, due to some kind of respiratory or sinus problem. Another reason is excessive production of saliva, which can be caused due to like teething, teeth or gum infections, etc. Besides, people who take some drugs or medications may also drool during their sleep, as increased production of saliva may be a side effect of the drug.
Anatomy of the mouth can also become a reason for drooling. For instance, people who cannot close their lip properly due to a large tongue, crowded teeth, or enlarged tonsils and adenoids are likely to suffer from this problem.
How to stop drooling in sleep
Visit an ear-nose-tongue specialist doctor to diagnose the reasons behind the drooling. Mostly, drooling happens due to keeping the mouth open during sleep. One does not have control on one's body while sleeping. So, if you have a respiratory problem, i.e., if your nose is blocked, you will not be able to breathe from your nose, and you will open your mouth unconsciously. The body, thus, produces more saliva, which drools out of the mouth while you sleep.
The specialist will conduct a thorough check-up for any nasal passages being restricted and prescribe medications for it.
girl sleeping on her back
You can change your sleeping position to prevent drooling. Instead of sleeping on your sides or on your stomach, you should make it a habit to sleep on your back. It may be a little uncomfortable in the beginning, but using wedge or contour pillows can help you stay in one position for the whole night, and will also give good support to your head and neck. This can help in preventing drooling, as when you sleep on your back, the saliva will not flow out of your mouth even if it remains open.
Though drooling is not a serious problem, it can be quite frustrating as well as embarrassing. However, as you now know the solution for this problem, I am sure that you will try your best to get rid of it. Nevertheless, one thing you have to remember is that this change will not come overnight. But, following the treatment correctly, like taking medications properly, indulging in some breathing exercises, etc., will definitely help you in eliminating this problem completely.

Disclaimer: This SleepHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.