How did you feel when you woke up today? Did you feel refreshed and energized? Or did you wake up feeling groggy, with a (literal) bad taste in your mouth?
If you consistently wake up with a dry mouth and/or bad breath, it's possible you are one of the many individuals who suffer from xerostomia – better known as dry mouth.
It's not just uncomfortable...it's harmful!
While a dry mouth is undoubtedly an unpleasant way to start the day, waking up with a dry mouth over time has several consequences. Saliva plays a key role in your oral health, so a saliva-deprived mouth is susceptible to bacteria. Over time, chronic dry mouth leads to changes in your sense of taste, oral health problems, and difficulty chewing, swallowing and digesting just to name a few. Thankfully, there are simple ways to prevent it from happening.
1. Use a Humidifier
Do you live in a dry environment? Drier climates and households will increase the rate of evaporation, causing and/or worsening dry mouth while sleeping. Using a humidifier will add moisture to the ambient air around you while you sleep. As a result, this will help keep your airways and mouth moist, partially inhibiting morning dry mouth.
2. Stay Hydrated
Let's be honest, very few of us drink the doctor-recommended eight cups of water everyday. But drinking sufficient water during the day and avoiding diuretics like alcohol, coffee, and soda will help keep your body sufficiently hydrated. This will supply your mouth with the saliva it needs to stay healthy.
3. Use Mouth Tape
The most common cause of morning dry mouth is open mouth breathing while sleeping. If you wake up every morning with a dry throat and mouth, chances are you’ve been mouth breathing throughout the night. Breathing through an open mouth can very quickly dry out your airways as it causes saliva to evaporate more rapidly.
Thankfully, mouth taping is a proven and effective method for the prevention of mouth breathing and the promotion of nasal breathing. Everyday people turn to mouth taping as a solution for a variety of sleep problems, from snoring to nasal congestion, to reduced sleep quality. While mouth taping may seem a bit unusual at first, it won’t be long before you feel the benefits of nose breathing at night and a healthy mouth when you wake up.
Want to know more about mouth taping?
SomniFix Strips are the ultimate mouth taping solution. SomniFix Strips are designed specifically to gently keep the lips sealed throughout the night. They use a latex-free, hypoallergenic material, along with a skin-safe adhesive to gently adhere to the outside of your mouth while you sleep. Plus SomniFix Strips feature a small, filtered breathing vent that allows for limited oral airflow if necessary.
Learn more about SomniFix and purchase your first box here. Try it tonight and say goodbye to morning dry mouth!
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