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Definition Drooling is saliva flowing outside the mouth. Alternative Names Salivation Considerations Drooling is generally caused by: Problems keeping saliva in the mouth Problems with swallowing Too much saliva production Some people with drooling problems are at increased risk of breathing saliva, food, or fluids into the lungs. This may cause harm if there is a problem with the body's normal reflexes (such as gagging and coughing). Drooling caused by nervous system (neurologic) problems can often be managed with drugs that block the action of the chemical messenger acetylcholine (anticholinergic drugs). In severe cases, people can reduce drooling by injecting botulism toxin, getting high-energy x-rays (radiation) to the glands in the mouth that make saliva (salivary glands), and other methods. Common Causes Some drooling in infants and toddlers is normal and is not usually a sign of a disease or other problem. It may occur with teething. Drooling in infants and young children may get worse wit...
Sleep is becoming a rationed commodity. It's what we do when we have nothing else to do. Our jobs, social activities, sports, even late night TV all seem to come first. Sometimes we don't sleep until we're just too exhausted to do anything else.
Yet, the importance of sleep cannot be denied, both to physical and mental well being. A tired person is never at his best. He walks around in a semi-daze, not performing well at work, not enjoying social activities, not really living, but merely existing. In fact, he can be downright dangerous. Many accidents, on the job, in the home, or in the car, occur because of sleep deprivation.
So many things can disrupt our sleep without the added pressure of any of the above causes.
Causes of sleep deprivation and what to do about them
Noise: The crying baby in the next-door apartment. The man with the drums right above you, with the loud boom BOOM boom that seems to go right through you. All-night parties, barking dogs, ...
Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder that disrupts sleep hundreds of times every night. It's caused by: Obesity, which causes flabby fat deposits in the throat area that can block the air passages. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids that block air passages. Deformed or too large uvula. This is the fleshy lobe at the back of the throat. Abnormality of the soft palate or roof of the mouth. Too large or thick tongue. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or heartburn, when the stomach acid sometimes moves up into the esophagus Stomach acid can produce spasms in the larynx that can block the flow of air to and from the lungs. OSA can lead to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. It can also lead to excessive daytime sleepiness. An article in Medical News Today warns that: "it also increases the risk of traffic accidents by seven times. OSA has been estimated to be responsible for 5 to 10 % of all motor vehicle accidents." Some European countries take a person's sleep ...
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