A person is happy when all the processes in his body are harmonious. Any deviation from the norm leads to discomfort, especially if there are nerve disorders. Stress, neurosis, disorders of the vegetative nervous system, frequent panic attacks provoke series of unpleasant symptoms in the body, which in turn exacerbate the existing problems.
Dry mouth is especially unpleasant for neurotics and people with dystonia. This symptom does not just cause painful physical sensations, but also brings harm to the patient. It is also a prerequisite for the development of other dangerous conditions. When there is an extremely dry mouth, a person not only loses the ability to fully enjoy the taste of food, he is also at risk of getting stomatitis, suppuration, candidiasis and caries, because saliva has a powerful bactericidal effect. But why does a stress make the mouth dry?
Reasons you Didn’t Know
The volume of saliva in the mouth depends not only on the age and physical/behavioral factors. Everything that happens in our mind and brain also affects the organic processes. Sometimes not only stress, but even your own imagination may provoke a change in the amount of salivary fluid. But how can the presence of Vegetovascular dystonia, phobias or neuroses dry the oral cavity?
|Uncontrolled mouth breathing||This banal factor often accompanies nervous people, especially in the process of a panic attack before go to sleep, when there is superficial, frequent breathing, associated with thoughts of imminent death. The person does not hear persuasion, is not able to respond to the situation adequately. That is why the mouth is often dry after stress or powerful PA. The patient simply does not control his breathing process, swallowing the air with his mouth. Dry mouth at night could also be caused by uncontrolled mouth breathing.|
|Survival instinct||Dry mouth is not always a sign of lack of fluid. The biochemistry of our body directly reflects all mental processes. With developing neuroses and frequent stresses, the body begins to “suspect” that it is on the verge of extinction, so the natural protective reaction is activated: the soft palate rises, the tongue increases, the muscles that are involved in the process of swallowing are strained, and the parotid salivary glands are squeezed. Thus the organism tries not to swallow anything surplus/unfit/dangerous for life. That’s why neurotics and people with dystonia often have swallowing neurosis and, therefore, dry mouth.|
|Hypoxia of the oral cavity||Stress leads to reflex muscle compression and tone of the whole body. The nerve endings are clamped, as a result the salivary glands are not able to work fully and supply the cornea with a sufficient amount of fluid. Very often this symptom is observed in offended people who for some reason cannot speak or cry. This applies also to frightened people who instinctively pull their head into the shoulders, squeezing the muscles of the neck, and, at the same time, preventing the salivary glands to work normally.|
|Adrenaline rush||Frequent dry mouth with Vegetovascular dystonia is the result of constant readiness of the body to withstand the imaginary danger (fight, escape to a long distance). The body turns on the “energy saving” mode. The main thing now is to supply blood to the heart and brain. But the digestive tract is not needed when facing a danger. The appetite is reduced, salivary glands stop working. The result is the feeling of dryness of the mucous membranes. This is especially evident at the time of the panic attack.|
|Taking certain medications/foods||With dystonia, neuroses and frequent stress, the patient is so accustomed to his first aid kit that he ceases to notice how much and what he takes a day. Medication is a kind of a tradition, like brushing your teeth at night. Meanwhile, many medications used by people suffering from Vegetovascular dystonia and neuroses contribute to dehydration. Drugs that reduce blood pressure cause abundant urination. Coffee dehydrates the body worse than alcohol. Frequent nervous snacking with harmful foods also removes the desired fluid from the body.|
If you feel constant dry mouth while sleeping or during the day, do not rush to drink a liter of water. Drinking plenty of it is undoubtedly useful, but this might not be the core of the problem. Review your inner world and try to find answers to the questions. Do you feel resentment, fear, unspoken feelings or negative emotions? Sometimes it helps to break the main problem into small pieces and destruct them gradually. If you cannot cope on your own, experts in mental illnesses are always ready to come and help you.