Drooling is when saliva unintentionally flows outside of your mouth. Everyone has had an experience of waking up to a soaked pillow, especially during childhood years. Drooling is often associated with advertisements and sumptuous food. The term has been actively involved in the creative industry to portray the effectiveness of a product.
Kids are prone to drooling since it’s an ordinary course of growing up, but as adults, what do you do when you’re stuck in such an embarrassing situation? I’ve been a drooler for a long time, and my experience has inspired me to write about this condition.
What Causes Drooling?
Drooling is mostly caused by excessive production of saliva or by having undeveloped or weak muscles around your mouth. Saliva becomes excess when the body produces more than the standard 2–4 pints of saliva a day. While a few argue that it’s natural to drool in sleep, doctors say it might be a sign of underlying health issues.
Neurological disorders such as stroke, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are examples of medical conditions that might make someone drool. This is because these disorders may cause muscles around the mouth to weaken, therefore, negatively affecting someone’s ability to swallow the saliva or to close the mouth.
Dietary changes can also cause someone to drool, especially if you consume a lot of acidic foods. If you’re pregnant or suffers from acid reflux, you could expect to change pillows every day. Sometimes even toss them out of the window.
According to Dr. Neil Kline, a sleep physician, internist, and spokesperson for the American sleep association, “Our Mouths are always making saliva, and sometimes we sleep with our mouth open, so the saliva comes out, and that’s what drooling is.”
Your sleeping position also plays a vital role when it comes to drooling. The more you’re inclined toward sleeping on the sides, the more you pave the way for the saliva to slip out of your mouth.
“Back- sleepers are less likely to drool than side-or stomach sleepers,” says Robert Oexman, DC, the director of the Sleep to Live Institute in North Carolina.
Are There Benefits Of Drooling?
Saliva is good because it evades cavities, and you can be assured that you’ve had a great sleep. It’s a profound way that increases creativity.
According to My Fit Magazine, drooling is a sign of good rest and positive dreams. Drool indicates an uninterrupted REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep.
This quantifies the solid rest pattern, which in turn is linked to creativity and productivity. Artists find it easier to get inspired by dreams and turn them into art.
Treatment Of Drooling
If the drooling paranoia is getting to you, there are ways to reduce or completely stop it. Doctors do not advise these until it’s out of control or when it vastly interferes with your day-to-day life.
One of the effective treatment procedures is oral motor therapy. A device is placed in the mouth that aids in the effective closure of lips. Another compelling method is botox injections. They tighten the facial muscles that control the drooling.
Another way of reducing drooling is by avoiding poor eating habits, alcohol, and acidic fruits as they heighten the chances of drooling. Lip and tongue exercises have also shown improved results in the treatment of drooling.
Drooling is an uncomfortable proof of a well-rested body and perfected dreams that nobody else can achieve. Unless it’s getting in the way of life, consider it a boon. You might have to change a few pillowcases and think of sleeping alone, but you are lucky to have the best of both worlds.
As a parting gift, here’s a piece of fun news about Justine Varga. The artist used her grandmother’s saliva to create a portrait (The Maternal Line) that won the olive cotton award. After all, we’re artists and drooling could be an art too.