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Question : While sleeping my mouth opens up & I breathe through it -when I wake up get terrible headache, dry throat & blocked nose

In Details : I am 38yrs male - 78 Kg normal built individual. This sleep disorder is causing severe problem as I get headaches after waking up (also suddenly during the night). Also I snore due to mouth breathing while sleeping - I have tried nasal drops but they only work sometimes NOT always - Please help - Thanx

2003 days ago       1 Answer(s)

Possible causes for mouth breathing could be many

1. A deviated septum causes some people to mouth breathe when sleeping.

2. Could be due to nasal passage blockage leading to obstructive sleep apnea.

3. Allergies can cause upper airway obstruction and induce mouth breathing, in patients.

4. mouth breathing symptoms can also occur due to swollen tonsils. If tonsils and/or adenoids are swollen, then people tend to breath through mouth.

Mouth breathing can cause poor oxygen concentration in the bloodstream, which can cause high blood pressure, heart problems, sleep apnea and other medical issues.

Remedies
1. Sleep on your side or stomach. Sleeping on your back can make it more likely that you will sleep with your mouth open.
2. Try an oral vestibular shield. These shields are fitted to your mouth and help to prevent open-mouth breathing and snoring.
3. A dentist or ent specialist can check for mouth breathing symptoms and swollen tonsils. If tonsils and/or adenoids are swollen, they can be surgically removed by an ear-nose-throat (ENT) specialist.
4. Surgical intervention for deviated nasal symptom is easily available at all leading hospitals and gives a long term cure
5. Use a nasal strip. These adhesive strips fit over the bridge of your nose to open nasal passages, which can reduce the need to breath through your mouth.
6. Till such time you are diagnosed with the actual problem it seems that nasal decongestant will be needed for you.
7. Often Yoga is very helpful. There are many bastis or cleansing processes which helps to cure this problem totally. Consult a good yoga guru and I am sure they can also cure you.



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