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Why Is My Mouth So Dry When I Wake Up?

Why Is My Mouth So Dry When I Wake Up?

Monday, December 05, 2022

A large percentage of people awaken with a dry mouth. Quite often, it is caused by a variety of drugs that people must take for their health. If you are not taking any medicine that would cause a dry mouth, then you need to investigate further for an explanation.


Try to determine if you are sleeping with your mouth open.

Most people are quick to say that they do not sleep with their mouths open. If you know that your mouth is closed when you fall asleep, can you be sure that it doesn’t open up during the night? You may be picturing someone with their mouth gaping wide open and you are certain you do not sleep like that. Your mouth doesn’t need to be open wide to cause a dry mouth.

Think about the alternatives

Sometimes you fall asleep with your mouth closed but as you relax during the night, a small opening in the corner of the mouth or right in the middle of the lips may appear, allowing air to go in and out of your mouth. You may also notice a bit of drool in the corner of your mouth when you awaken. The mouth opening does not have to be large for air to go in and out while sleeping. This is probably why your mouth is dry if you aren’t taking medications that cause a dry mouth.

Why is it important to discover if you are mouth breathing or not?

Mouth breathing decreases the amount of oxygen your body takes in and prohibits the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide regulates blood circulation.

How do you stop breathing through your mouth?

You make sure your nose is not congested and then you must learn how to keep your lips closed and your tongue up on the roof of your mouth. This is exactly what The IJustWantTo Correct My Tongue Thrust program teaches.

Janet M. Bennett

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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.