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Have you ever woken up in the morning, rolled over, and been greeted by a slightly wet patch on your pillow? Yup, we’ve all been there. In the peaceful solitude of our beds, some of us turn into what I fondly call ‘midnight droolers.’ But before you start fretting about why your body decides to water your pillow at night, let’s dive into some surprising facts and remedies that will help keep your pillow dry and your mind at ease.

What causes this?

First off, it’s important to understand why some of us drool when we’re off to dreamland. Drooling, or sialorrhea, happens when saliva escapes from our mouth, and it’s actually pretty fascinating why our bodies do this.

  • Sleeping Position: The number one culprit is your sleeping position. Snoozing on your side or stomach can prompt your mouth to open, and gravity does the rest.
  • Sinus Issues: Stuffy noses force us to breathe through our mouths, increasing the likelihood of drooling.
  • Saliva Production: Some people just produce more saliva—totally normal, but it can lead to a damp pillow.
  • Medications and Health Conditions: Certain medications or health conditions can also ramp up saliva production or affect muscle control, leading to nighttime spills.

Now, isn’t that interesting? Who would have thought your sleeping position or a stuffy nose could turn your pillow into a mini pool?

Is Drooling During Sleep Normal?

Absolutely! Drooling is completely normal and usually not a sign of anything problematic. It’s your body’s way of keeping your throat lubricated throughout the night (think of it as nature’s throat lozenge). However, if you’re waking up with a watermark the size of Lake Superior or it’s paired with other symptoms, it might be worth mentioning to your doctor. But for the average drooler, it’s just a sign of deep sleep and your body working as it should.

Remedies for drooling when sleeping

If you’re tired of washing your pillowcases more often than your favorite jeans, there are a few simple tricks you can try to keep the drool at bay.

  • Change Your Sleeping Position: If you’re a side or stomach sleeper, try switching to your back. It might take some getting used to, but it can decrease the likelihood of drooling.
  • Pillows and Elevation: Elevating your head with an extra pillow or two can help prevent saliva from escaping.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water throughout the day can thin your saliva, making it less likely to pool.
  • Nasal Passage Clearing: Regularly using a saline spray before bed can keep those nasal passages clear, encouraging you to breathe through your nose rather than your mouth.

Remember, drooling is more common than you might think, and these simple changes can often make a big difference.

In the grand scheme of things, a little night drool is nothing to lose sleep over. It’s a sign that you’re in the deep, restorative stages of sleep, where dreams are vivid, and your body is at its most relaxed. So, the next time you wake up to a drool-stained pillow, give a little smile knowing your body is just doing its thing.


And who knows? Maybe with a few adjustments, you’ll manage to keep your pillow dry and enter the elite club of non-droolers. Happy sleeping!

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