Wake up with morning throat aches
Originally Published: March 31, 2006
Almost every morning, for a couple of years now, I've woken up with a throat ache and dry mouth, it lasts only a couple of hours but is there any way to prevent it?
There could be many possible reasons why some people consistently wake up with sore throats in the morning:
- sleeping with an open mouth
- sleep apnea
- acid reflux
Unfortunately, Alice cannot play the medical detective game to solve this problem, but there are some things you may be able to do. If someone sleeps with you during the night, ask them if you snore or sleep with your mouth open. If not, you might want to ask a friend or roommate to check in on you while you're asleep. Sore throats associated with snoring or sleeping with an open mouth can be treated with one or more of the following methods:
- use a humidifier in your bedroom
- gargle with warm salt water 4-5 times periodically throughout the day (¼ tsp. salt to ½ cup water)
- increase your liquid intake throughout the day
- try the popular home remedy of warm tea with honey
Acid reflux is an issue that can be easily overlooked, as some sufferers only exhibit symptoms when they sleep. Many times, those suffering from acid reflux experience the regurgitation of stomach acids into the back of their throat. To help steer clear of acid reflux, it may be best to tilt your bed frame so that its head is elevated four to six inches higher than its foot. Other treatments include medication, not eating within three hours of bedtime, and abstaining from alcohol, smoking, and caffeine.
Even if you think that you have found the problem and corrected it, that remedy may only be a quick fix. A doctor may be able to help clear up your condition for good and put you on the path to many pain-free mornings to come.