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How to Stop Drooling in Your Sleep: 5 Ways

Drooling occurs when too much saliva accumulates in your mouth and then comes out while you’re sleeping. 5-Minute Crafts will give you some tips on how to stop this from happening.

This article is for informative purposes only. Please consult with your doctor before trying any of the methods mentioned below.

1. Unclog your sinuses.

When your nose is blocked, you have to breathe through your mouth, and this may lead to drooling.


✅ Take a hot shower. The steam from the shower will help you thin out the mucus in your nose and reduce inflammation.

✅ Use eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils. They will help you fight bacteria and reduce inflammation in your nose.

2. Change your sleeping position.

If you sleep on your stomach or on your side, your saliva tends to leak out of your mouth right onto the pillow due to the force of gravity.


✅ Sleep on your back. This way, all the saliva will stay in your mouth and it will be easier for you to keep its natural flow.

3. Choose the right pillow.

Sleeping on an old flat pillow may cause your head to tilt downward and your mouth to open, letting saliva leak out of it.


✅ Choose a pillow that will keep your head in an upright position. A wedge pillow would be a perfect solution for you.

4. Keep your saliva healthy.

Sometimes a healthy balance of saliva in your mouth might get destroyed, which can lead to poor oral health and drooling.


✅ Try sucking on a slice of lemon before bed. The strong concentration of citrus might help you thin out your saliva and prevent drooling.

✅ Drink plenty of water. If your body is properly hydrated, it won’t need to produce as much saliva to moisturize your mouth.

5. Check your teeth.

Cavities and gum inflammation may also cause excess drooling.


Brush your teeth regularly and use an alcohol-based mouthwash to kill the bacteria and reduce inflammation.

✅ Visit your dentist for a check-up to make sure that everything’s okay with your teeth.

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