What causes a dry mouth in sleep?

Do you keep a glass of water on your nightstand every night because you know you’ll wake up with dry mouth? Do you want to sip water several times in sleep? Can drinking water at night be a sign of sleep disorder like snoring, sleep apnea or other problems with your breathing in sleep?

Dry mouth is common condition that occurs in sleep. It is because your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva in sleep. Saliva keeps your mouth moist. Absence of saliva during night is uncomfortable and disturbs sleep.

Why will you want to drink water at night?

When should I see my doctor?

If you feel a dry mouth every night then don’t ignore it. If your dry mouth is disturbing your comfort and quality of life, then discuss the issue with your health care provider. Together, you can come up with solutions to sort out your dry mouth and the negative effects that come with it.

If your dryness is mild or infrequent, you can try chewing on a gum containing Xylitol (sugar free gum), sucking on a sugarless mint, rinsing with a mouthwash or drinking a glass of water before bedtime. This should help you get rid of the problem. If the dryness is chronic or has begun after taking a medication, then make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Discuss the possibilities of dryness and the remedies.

Saliva is important in keeping your mouth moist. A dry mouth with reduced saliva can encourage the growth of bacteria tha t cause cavities and gum diseases. Visit your dentist and discuss your problems with dryness. Your dentist will check for any cavities or gum issues. He may prescribe a sailogogue, mouthwash or other medications for the dry mouth.


What can I do to prevent dry mouth?

There is no way of preventing mouth dryness without addressing the underlying cause. But you can do some lifestyle changes and home remedies for dry mouth. With these tips you can temporarily relieve the symptoms of a dry mouth.

  • Make lifestyle changes. Anxiety can cause dry mouth. Practice yoga and meditation. Breathing exercise can help you calm down.
  • Avoid spicy food that  irritates your gut. Acidity and indigestion is another cause of dry mouth.
  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom to improve the moisture content in the air.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks or alcohol in the evening as both these have a drying effect on your mouth.
  • Quit smoking or other tobacco products.
  • if you have a blocked nose, try using nasal strips or other nasal decongestants.
  • Drink sufficient quantities of water through the day to keep yourself hydrated. You can have a glass go water before bedtime.
  • Good oral hygiene care. Brushing , flossing and using a mouthwash regularly helps. Visit your dentist at regular intervals for follow ups.
  • Chewing mint or parsley during the day.

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