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How To Stop Sucking My Tongue When I Sleep

How To Stop Sucking My Tongue When I Sleep

Sunday, August 08, 2021

The tongue is one of the strongest muscles in the body. Because of this, when it is not properly placed in your mouth, it can cause a lot of problems. We get a lot of questions such as, "How do I stop sucking my tongue when I sleep?" Here we are answering that question as well as some others. 

How do I stop sucking my tongue when I sleep?

The first step is to call it what it is:

Tongue sucking or rocking has become a habit as a result of a tongue thrust. That is a condition in which the tongue pushes against or comes between your front teeth while at rest and/or swallowing. You probably have no idea what's going on or how much it's affecting your day-to-day existence. You need to retrain your tongue to rest properly in your mouth. 

If you really want to quit sucking your tongue, you need to keep it on the roof of your mouth so you won't be able to do so.

What problems can tongue thrust cause?

Tongue thrust may:

  1. Cause dental issues such as overbite and underbite, and more.
  2. Lead to snoring and sleep issues
  3. Lead to mouth breathing, which may lead to fatigue and stress.
  4. Encourage mouth-breathing, which contributes to snoring, allergies, and other issues

Can tongue thrust cause me to have a lisp?

Yes. When your tongue is too far forward, it gets "in the way" while you're talking, resulting in a lisp. Unfortunately, when you or your child has a lisp, your listener will notice a distortion in your speech and may even judge you unfavorably. Correcting tongue thrust should help improve your lisp.

At what age should tongue thrust be corrected?

We've seen patients ranging in age from 4 1/2 years old to 86 years old! Our IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust program is open to everyone above the age of seven. However, a younger child who is unusually mature for their age and has a strong family support system may be able to complete the exercises with adult supervision.

You may be thinking that you or your child will probably stop sucking/rocking their tongue on their own or when your child gets older. That is not going to happen without a plan to stop that sucking habit and replace it with the proper tongue position. If it goes untreated, the person’s teeth will be affected and no orthodontist can properly correct a bite that will remain good if the sucking continues.

This is a serious condition that needs outside help from someone who has a plan specifically designed to change that behavior. The sooner, the better. Start the Correct Your Tongue Thrust program today and take care of this problem.

Solution: Make your tongue smaller!

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If you are ready to stop sucking your tongue and correct all the embarrassing and frustrating issues associated with tongue thrust, our program is here to help. The seven-week tongue thrust correcting program is designed to provide you with short, simple exercises to retrain your tongue's position in your mouth. Correcting tongue thrust will keep you from sucking on your tongue, improve your lisp, likely correct mouth breathing, and stop your tongue from damaging your teeth. Purchase online today to get started correcting your tongue thrust

Janet M. Bennett

Written by:

Janet Bennett, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is a Speech Pathologist in private practice in Asheville, NC, since 1977. She specializes in treating tongue thrust, a swallowing disorder that can result in buckteeth, an open bite, a lisp, snoring, and other problems that have not yet been made known to most people.