Many people with sleep apnea find that they constantly wake up with a dry mouth in the morning after a night of using their CPAP device. This is a very unpleasant way to wake up. Sore throat, swollen tongue, desperate for water...nobody likes to wake up feeling like that. You want to wake up feeling refreshed and energized! Beyond the discomfort, waking up with a dry mouth in the morning is also a sign that you could be vulnerable to various health issues. In this article, we’ll explore what causes dry mouth, the issues associated with it, and the ultimate solution to prevent getting a dry mouth with a CPAP device.
What’s causing your dry mouth in the morning?
Before jumping to how toprevent getting a dry mouth with a CPAP device, we need to first understand what is causing this condition. A dry mouth results from a lack of saliva in your mouth. This typically results from dehydration. However, if you are waking up with a dry mouth, it’s more likely a result of saliva evaporating too quickly during the night.
How do you prevent this saliva from evaporating? Well, as it turns out, most people who consistently wake up with a dry mouth are breathing through their mouths - instead of their noses - while they sleep. When we fall asleep, our jaws relax, making it easy for our mouths to fall open. In turn, we default to mouth breathing as our method of respiration. This makes the saliva inside of our mouths evaporate much more quickly than if our mouths were closed. The result is that we wake up with a deficit of saliva, demonstrating as a dry mouth.
Problems associated with chronic dry mouth
Beyond being extremely unpleasant, many people are surprised to learn that there are actually several short and long term health issues associated with chronic dry mouth. That’s because saliva actually plays a crucial role in defending your mouth, teeth, and gums from harmful bacteria. When you have a saliva deficit as a result of mouth breathing while you sleep, this puts you at a higher risk of oral health issues, such as:
Periodontitis (gum disease)
Halitosis (aka bad breath or “morning breath”)
Furthermore, mouth breathing over time causes more than just oral health issues. It also leads to open mouth snoring, reduced sleep quality, poor CPAP Compliance, and many other complications and discomforts. For that reason, it is paramount that we prevent mouth breathing and prevent getting a dry mouth while sleeping with a CPAP.
If your mouth is dry, your CPAP probably isn’t working properly
As we’ve seen, a dry mouth can have a significant impact on your overall health and well-being. However, the level of that impact is exacerbated for CPAP users. Let’s discuss why.
So we’ve learned that a dry mouth is primarily caused by mouth breathing at night. Mouth breathing is particularly problematic for CPAP users since if you are mouth breathing you are, by default, not receiving the optimal therapy that you need. In fact, mouth leaks, caused by sleeping with an open mouth, are the number one enemy of CPAP Compliance. When your mouth is open, even partially, the pressure delivered by your CPAP device is reduced, rendering it ineffective.
This means that even if you wear your device all-night, every night of the week, you might not be meeting Compliance standards. Not only could this result in your medical insurer rescinding their funding of your device, but it also means that you are not receiving the sleep apnea therapy that is required for healthy, restful sleep. As a result, you could be experiencing daytime sleepiness, reduced physical and cognitive ability, and putting yourself at risk of adverse effects such as high blood pressure, weight gain, weakened immune system and more.
How to prevent a dry mouth with a CPAP...and also get better therapy
The best way to prevent getting a dry mouth when using a CPAP device is, quite simply, to sleep with your mouth closed. By sleeping with your mouth closed throughout the night, you will maintain the saliva levels in your oral cavity. Not only will this allow you to wake up feeling fresh and strengthen your oral health, it will also increase your CPAP Compliance. Preventing mouth leaks will ensure that you are receiving optimal sleep apnea treatment throughout the night, resulting in more restful, restorative sleep, and more energy during the day.
But how can you ensure that you are keeping your mouth closed while you sleep? That’s not something you can consciously control. Thankfully, SomniFix has a solution.
SomniFix + CPAP: The sleep apnea power couple
SomniFix Strips were developed as a solution to curb mouth breathing while you sleep. The Strips use a gentle, skin-safe adhesive to keep your lips sealed while you sleep, inhibiting mouth breathing and inducing nose breathing instead. This prevents snoring in 90% of cases and allows the user to benefit from deeper, more restful sleep, and the many other advantages of nose breathing.
For CPAP users, SomniFix Strips can drastically improve the effectiveness of CPAP therapy. First of all, using SomniFix Strips to keep the lips sealed throughout the night prevents getting dry mouth with a CPAP. Secondly, the Strips eliminate the number one enemy of CPAP Compliance, mouth leaks. By preventing mouth leaks, people who use a nasal mask in combination with SomniFix Strips tend to see a significant increase in their CPAP Compliance scores. This leads to more effective therapy throughout the night, resulting in higher energy levels during the day.
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SomniFix Strips have been revolutionary for tens of thousands of CPAP users who were experiencing constant dry mouth, CPAP discomfort, or low CPAP Compliance. Learn more about how SomniFix Strips, when used in combination with your nasal mask or nasal pillow, can drastically improve the effectiveness of your therapy.
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