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Waking Up With Dry Mouth

If you are asking "Why is my mouth so dry when I wake up?" than you are likely having the symptoms of a dry tongue and a dry throat. Severe dry mouth is also known as Xerostomia or the lay term cotton mouth.

It may occur more when you are sleeping on your back since your jaw is more likely to open wide. The air traveling into your lungs when you are snoring can cause dry mouth while sleeping.

When you wake up you may feel like you have a sore throat or experience a cough. It is important to stay hydrated before bed by drinking 1 or 2 8oz glasses of water. If at night your bed partner notices that you are snoring ask him or her if they notice your mouth open. It could be a sign of airway blockage which can result in sleep apnea. Dry mouth can also cause the tongue to dry out increasing the effects of sleep apnea . A dried tongue (not lubricated with saliva) is more likely to cause blockage of your airway.

If you find that you are waking up during the night and drinking water because you have a dry mouth there can be several reasons. Most people get dry mouth when they are nervous or under stress, like when you have to give a speech. If you are experiencing it during sleep then you may have other health related conditions causing it.

Saliva has enzymes that help you digest food and it prevents tooth decay from teeth and gums and it is important for good oral health. If you have a need to wake up during the middle of the night needing water then you should analyze why this is happening .

Some of the causes of dry mouth and throat at night, weather they are severe or excessive are:

* Taking medications including antihistamines, decongestants, diuretics, high blood pressure meds, muscle relaxants, painkillers and others – with over 400 medications listing dry mouth as a possible reaction to the drug.

* Open mouth breathing due to snoring or sleep apnea which causes. A doctor may hear a patient state "Why does my throat get dry when I sleep ?" from a patient. An evaluation for sleep disorders is recommend if this occurs.

* Breathing through your mouth while sleeping can cause a dried tongue because it usually causes snoring that tends to dry out your mouth and can even cause a sore throat.

* Emotional stress and treatments for diseases often result in dry mouth that is often exacerbated by snoring.

* Consuming too much caffeine and smoking can also contribute to dry mouth and snoring.

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Extreme dry mouth while sleeping can result in symptoms such as:

* Difficulty swallowing, chewing or tasting and speaking.

* A sticky feeling in the throat resulting in frequent need to drink water.

* Sores in the mouth or tongue or split skin and cracked lips.

* A tingling and burning sensation in the mouth and tongue.

* Hoarse voice and dried nasal passages and sore throat.

* Bad breath and tooth decay.

The good news is that it can be treated and there are effective solutions. Please contact us at if you have questions your dry mouth and how to treat it.

If you are experiencing frequent symptoms of dry mouth you should consult a doctor to ensure that you understand why your mouth is dried while and what can be done to treat it.

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Waking Up With Dry Mouth