One would prefer to avoid it but most certainly we all drool occasionally during sleep. The reasons are manifold. Normally, people concerned are embarrassed by their drooling; no one likes to talk about it and admits his nocturnal drooling. Mostly, it just indicates that you are either very relaxed or very exhausted. But, nocturnal drooling is not common for everyone. Certain circumstances support nocturnal drooling.
Possible reasons for nocturnal drooling
- Relaxation or exhaustion:
Nocturnal drooling can be a sign of relaxation or exhaustion and is not uncommon. During sleep, our musculature loses tension, our fascial muscles, too. So, an open mouth might indicate a relaxed body posture. But, in reverse it not necessarily means that a closed mouth means being tense.
- Sleeping position:
It also depends on our sleeping position whether the mouth is open or closed. In a tilted position, when the head is bent in the neck, the mouth automatically opens. But, in most sleeping positions the mouth automatically closes, despite relaxed jaw muscles.
- Blockage of the airways:
Watch your breathing if nocturnal drooling is a recurring complaint. Impossible nasal breathing can have many reasons: possibly, your nasal septum is bent and hence nasal breathing difficult. Polyps, too, might force to mouth breathing. Also, colds let us breath through the mouth.
In the next article, you will find some countermeasures for occasional droolers.
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