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What Is The Cause of Drooling During Sleep?


Drooling during sleep throughout the night is actually quite common. If you find that you have suddenly started to drool during sleep, there is no cause for alarm. While drooling throughout the night is not usually an indication of any health problems, it does have a medical name. Sialorrhea is indeed the act of producing slobber or to salivate while sleeping!

We actually do not salivate or slobber as much when we are asleep as we do throughout the day. However, when we are sleeping, we don’t swallow when we salivate nearly as often – and this can cause a person to drool. There is no medication that is used in treatments for drooling, but there are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of slobber that you produce while you are sleeping.

If you sleep on your back, the saliva will collect in the back of your throat, and cause an automatic swallowing action. When you lie on your side while sleeping, the saliva collects in the side of your mouth, there is no reflexive swallowing, and you drool. Some medications may cause excessive saliva, and you are also more prone to drooling if you sleep with your mouth open. Sinus problems may also cause you to drool.

A little drool won’t hurt anything, but if you discover that you are waking up with your pillow soaking wet, you should seek treatments and cures from a health care professional. Excessive salivating may cause saliva to be inhaled into the lungs, which can result in various lung infections. Medications can be prescribed to reduce the amount of saliva that you produce.

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