dry tongue?

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dry tongue?

Postby mykiki » Thu Jun 07, 2007 8:37 pm

Lately I have waken up in the morning and my tongue is so dry and is actually stuck to the roof of my mouth! My husband says my breathing is loud and I"m snoring but he doesn't really notice my breath actually stopping. Could this be apnea? THe tongue will feel so dry and rough like sandpaper when I wake up! And I am pretty sure I'm drinking enough water every day so I don't think it's anything to do with dehydration. Help??

Postby Ramboaus » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:24 pm

Snoring suggests sleep apnea is on the cards
Sleep apnea does not mean every one stops breathing during sleep.
This is only for Central sleep apnea patients.

It is possible that you have blocked sinuses and breathe through the mouth all night
Breathing through the mouth will definitely result in dry mouth syndrome
Many sleep apnea sufferers suffer from dry mouth. That is caused by the constant flow of dry air from Cpap machine.

A simple solution would be to keep a water bottle next to the bed so you can take a few sips every now and then and keep the mouth and tongue moist. Saliva kills all bacteria in the mouth. Letting the mouth and tongue run dry could lead to bacterial infections.

Please check to see if you are suffering from sleep apnea
Hope this is of some help
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Postby manuel » Thu Jun 07, 2007 9:37 pm

My advice is similar to Ramboaus'. Snoring with your mouth open will cause dry mouth. Snoring does not necessarily mean having sleep apnea. Usually, persons with sleep apnea complain of daytime sleepiness. Several questionnaires are available to assess your likelyhood of having sleep apnea. You might ask your doctor for more information.
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Postby mykiki » Thu Jun 07, 2007 11:18 pm

Thank you so much for your answers. It is so weird to wake up with the tongue stuck to the roof of the mouth! I was thinking maybe I'm sleeping w/the mouth open, but it doesn't make sense that I would breathe with my mouth if the tongue is stuck to the roof, right? Cuz that would block the breathway and I would probably breathe through the nose? I am so confused about what is happening. This just started a couple of weeks ago after I recovered from a head cold (and during that time, I thnk I over did the sudafed). My sinuses are not infected but they are a tiny bit congested. Anyway, thank you again for your help and I will look into those questionaires.

Postby lynn321 » Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:51 am

sinus irrigation via a netti pot or similar is best for long term sinus problems, especially blockage from mucus, lots of info on the net about what to use and how to do it

its possible to have sleep apnea with no apparent breathing pauses, as the apnea or blockage can happen on almost every breath
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Mmmmmm Sudafed is the culprit here

Postby Ramboaus » Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:51 am

Mykiki you did not tell us the full story
Since you are on sudafed I believe the dry mouth is an obvious side effect.
Sudafed is a decongestant used to dry up runny nose and surely drys up the mouth too
If I am not wrong Sudafed is an antihistamine as well and used for alllergies
Just drink a lot of water
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Postby mykiki » Sat Jun 09, 2007 7:47 pm

I only took the sudafed for about a week, and stopped it a couple of weeks ago. I am still having the dry tongue at night and I am drinking alot of water. My husband says my breathing sounds weird sometimes and I do snore. When I got a magnified mirror today and looked way into my nose, I can see that it is inflamed on both sides. I think it's been that way for a while. So I went and bought the neti today, do you think that may help the inflamed sinuses also? I don't think I have a lot of mucus, it's mostly inflamation.
Thank you again for your help!

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