Cotton Mouth!

Cotton Mouth!

Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
So, do you ever wake up in the morning (or throughout the night) with cotton mouth? I know, random discussion but hey, this happens to me from time to time. So I'm curious to know if a lot of people have this when they wake up and if you have any suggestions to help reduce it.

Generally I try to run a humidifier so things don't get too dry inside, but lately that doesn't even help, every other morning I wake up with cotton mouth (dry mouth). I'll drink water before going to bed and that doesn't seem to work either. So how do you deal with it? Or do you just wake up drink some coffee/water or other beverage and move on?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Yes I sometimes or all the time get cotton mouth!
33
No I don't or I rarely get cotton mouth!
16
Why the heck do you put cotton in your mouth? Lawl
1
Box, Toaster, Aluminum, Maple Syrup!
4
Total votes: 54 (51 voters)
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kawigrl kawigrl
the winter heat does it to me sometimes
02/04/2012
blacklodge blacklodge
I keep a water bottle beside my bed at all times. Biotene also helps. It's a mouthwash that is specifically for dry mouth.
02/04/2012
indiglo indiglo
Sometimes that happens to me, mostly if my nose is all congested and I have to breathe through my mouth all night. Oooh, I hate that!
02/04/2012
BobbiJay BobbiJay
I get it a lot with my allergies.
02/04/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
So seems like it's most likely a combination for me. It's dry (hence running a humidifier) in the winter, I do get allergies/sinuses from time to time. I've tried keeping watching by the bed, but weirdly enough water does nothing but make my mouth feel more dry!
02/04/2012
sweetiejo sweetiejo
I usually don't but come winter if I sdon't have my humidifier I'm done for.
02/04/2012
NicNat NicNat
I hate it when that happes..
its like 'where is my dang drink' Ha.
02/04/2012
Curiouscat Curiouscat
I get this all the time!! Ugh I hate it. I get this from the meds I take. Worst way to wake up.
02/04/2012
TheSlyFox TheSlyFox
I get cotton mouth often. I go get me some water though and i'm good.
02/04/2012
Chris Corrigan Chris Corrigan
Rarely... usually only when I've taken my rx pain pills.
02/04/2012
zwee75 zwee75
I drink a lot of water through the night.
02/04/2012
True Pleasures True Pleasures
I get that nasty taste sometimes, but never cotton mouth.
02/04/2012
CoffeeCup CoffeeCup
I drink some water and move on with life.
02/04/2012
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
Sometimes I do, but I try to keep a water bottle by my bed.
02/04/2012
poetprincess poetprincess
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So, do you ever wake up in the morning (or throughout the night) with cotton mouth? I know, random discussion but hey, this happens to me from time to time. So I'm curious to know if a lot of people have this when they wake up and if you have any ...
Sometimes my allergy medicine will cause me to have cotton mouth.
02/05/2012
acessorie acessorie
I use special mouth spray to prevent it.
02/05/2012
CrystaCat CrystaCat
You should eat a tablespoon of applesause before you brush your teeth it helps add moisture to your mouth than drink a bottle of water throughout the night it helps
02/05/2012
Rossie Rossie
I drink a lot of liquid an hour before I sleep, and we set the central heat at 67 degrees, so it doesn't come on too often, I guess that helps.
02/05/2012
GONE! GONE!
I have, yep.
02/05/2012
K101 K101
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So, do you ever wake up in the morning (or throughout the night) with cotton mouth? I know, random discussion but hey, this happens to me from time to time. So I'm curious to know if a lot of people have this when they wake up and if you have any ...
Yep! The medication I sometimes take gives me EXTREME cotton mouth. When I first was prescribed it, the pharmacy told me not to even bother taking it until I was home with water. I didn't believe it could be so bad. Apparently it cuts off production from sweat glands or something like that and does something similar to your mouth. I'm not totally sure, but it's heck! I keep water and sometimes dr. pepper on my stand by the bed. I usually have to keep something to drink with me at all times or it gets bad. Also, having cotton mouth regularly can cause your teeth to get dehydrated, something I recently learned and can cause serious teeth problems. I actually think that may have been part of what contributed to my recent teeth problems which I'm SOOOO READY to be over with!
02/05/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
Quote:
Originally posted by Cookie Monster Mike
So, do you ever wake up in the morning (or throughout the night) with cotton mouth? I know, random discussion but hey, this happens to me from time to time. So I'm curious to know if a lot of people have this when they wake up and if you have any ...
I have head that the condition is due to breathing through your mouth rather than you nose. As you fall asleep, you mouth tends to relax slightly in the open position. This has also been the source of snoring mostly by men. Surprisingly, my doctor has told me that for men who snore during sleep have a higher risk of heart related issues.

As for drinking water before going to bed, that only increases your chances of having to go to the bathroom at night. In the military, the solders tend to drink a lot of water before going to bed, so that it motivates them to get up very early in the morning; ready for combat!
02/05/2012
unfulfilled unfulfilled
I keep a water bottle by the bed for that specific reason.
02/05/2012
Cookie Monster Mike Cookie Monster Mike
Quote:
Originally posted by PassionateLover2
I have head that the condition is due to breathing through your mouth rather than you nose. As you fall asleep, you mouth tends to relax slightly in the open position. This has also been the source of snoring mostly by men. Surprisingly, my doctor ...
Oooh lots of suggestions. I tend to sleep with my mouth open (damn drool from time to time) but I only snore every now and then. Medication makes sense for it to cause cotton mouth, I think I had taken an antibiotic once that left my mount dry as a desert! Gatorade has helped from time to time for sipping on it during the night. But half the time I never wake up anyways to have some so oh well.
02/05/2012
Beck Beck
I get self induced cotton mouth, but I do wake up from time to time with cotton mouth.
02/05/2012
NurseKitty NurseKitty
There are some glycerine based mouth moisturizers out there that we use on patients in coma's so they don't get really dry mouths. One of the mouth wash companies makes a "dry mouth" mouth wash which is pretty much what we use. Just swish it before you go to bed and after you've brushed, it should help your dry mouth issue and fight cavities at the same time
02/05/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
Yes, it sucks.
02/05/2012
RonLee RonLee
I have morning cotton mouth more often if I've had even as little as one alcoholic drink the previous night.
02/05/2012
NurseKitty NurseKitty
If you are on allergy meds that might be the biggest issue, they are designed to dry up secretions, generally the ones in your nose but also work on the ones in your mouth. If it's really a huge issue ask your doctor about switching meds, there are some out there that won't dry you out as much.

Other thought I had is you should keep an eye on how hydrated you are. Dry mouth like that can often mean you don't drink enough. People often slow down or stop drinking fluids in the evening because they don't want to get up in the night to pee. You may try making sure you drink a bottle of water an hour before you sleep.
02/05/2012
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by NurseKitty
If you are on allergy meds that might be the biggest issue, they are designed to dry up secretions, generally the ones in your nose but also work on the ones in your mouth. If it's really a huge issue ask your doctor about switching meds, there ...
Yep, that's what I do, drinking a glass of coconut milk or water an hour before I go to bed!
02/05/2012
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