Insomnia

Is Drooling a Sign of Sleep Apnea?


Well, drooling can be a symptom of sleep apnea. Drooling is flowing of saliva out of mouth while sleeping.It is common in young children. But in adults it may be caused due to drying of mouth. This article concentrates on the relationship between drooling and sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea Definition

  • Sleep apnea is disruption of breath during sleep. Though gasping or chocking of air occur, many
    people don’t realize the occurrence.
  • 90% of people with the disorder do not realise that they are suffering with the disorder. Hence, it is considered deceiving sleep disorder.
  • Sleep apnea, if ignored may become life-threatening.

Drooling and Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea forces a person to breath through mouth. As a result mouth dries up.Drooling as already
mentioned is caused when tongue dries. During an obstruction or cessation in breathing, the tongue
falls back and the saliva forms as a pool in the mouth. Some times people end up breathing saliva in
to lungs. So, to stop drooling, cause of sleep apnea should be identified and treated accordingly.

Here are a few simple steps that help you stop drooling:

  • Ensure that you sleep through your nose. Breathing through nose will restrict the saliva to mouth. If you observe any problem breathing through nose consult your ENT specialist.
  • Chronic inflammation and sinus are major causes of drooling. See appropriate physician to fix the
    problem.
  • Practice sleeping on your back. While sleeping on your back saliva can not come out of your mouth.
  • Sleeping to your side can also help you in avoiding drooling. When ever you are awake in the middle of the night shift to your side and sleep again. It may take time for your body to adjust to its new position, but this is the best way to avoid drooling.

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