How to Sleep When You Are Thirsty – Practical Hydration Tips

How to sleep when thirsty

It may be quite hard to fall asleep when you feel thirsty. Also, sleeping after when you have drunk too much may interrupt your sleep as well, since you may need to wake up middle of the night to go to the bathroom. What could be an ideal solution?

So how can you sleep when you are thirsty? It is possible to fall asleep when you feel thirsty. However, it is always good to keep up hydration, so that your body functions will go on properly overnight. Therefore, drinking an ideal amount of water or other liquids during the day may keep you hydrated right way and more likely will not feel thirsty when you are going to sleep.

But how can you find out what is an ideal amount of liquids what you should drink during the day if you want to avoid feeling thirsty just before bed?

Well, since everyone’s body has a different ability to handle liquids, it depends how much each of us should drink water and what kind of sections.


Can You Fall Asleep When Feeling Thirsty?

Yes, it is possible. You could let yourself fall asleep with thirsty feeling, and you may feel that you sleep just ok. But actually, the dry feeling may affect your sleep negatively.

So it may not be a good idea. If you feel thirsty, your falling asleep process may also interrupt and lack badly.

Furthermore, if you fall asleep with thirsty feeling, you may wake up the middle of the night dry feeling and then you have to get up to drink something.

So it would be better to hydrate properly before bed.

But how to do that?

How Much Should You Drink to Not Feel Thirsty Before Bed?

Some could survive with drinking just a tiny amount of water over a day. Some may feel thirsty now and then.

However, there are some recommendations on how much you liquids or water you should drink every day.

One recommendation is that you should drink every day:

  • About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters or 95 imp fl oz; 91 US fl oz) of fluids for men
  • About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters or 130 imp fl oz; 130 US fl oz) of fluids a day for women

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But does everyone drink so many liquids every day?

Probably not, but there are good reasons to drink so much water so that your body functions will keep on going on the proper way.

Also, drinking such an amount of water on day time can help you not feel thirsty when you are going to sleep.


How to Rhythm Drinking so That You Won’t Feel Thirsty Just Before Bed?

One recommendation is that you should start your day by drinking at least a couple of glasses of water, maybe close to 1 liter for a total.

That is an excellent start for a day. Then you have already drunk around 1/4 – 1/3 of your daily need of liquids.

When you eat breakfast, you probably drink with your breakfast some liquids so that the total amount is already almost 1.5 liters.

Also, when you eat lunch and dinner you should drink some liquids too, so you more likely drink some liquid every time you eat something.

The total amount for that can be easily 2 liters. So half done!

What other times you should drink than when you eat something?

Actually, anytime you feel a bit thirsty it may good to drink at least a little.

Some people keep with them a water bottle everywhere they go. That is how it is quite easy to measure how much you drink during the day.

Let’s say you have a 0.5-liter water bottle with you and you drink it during the day that is actually around 1/4 of the goal.

So basically drinking two bottles of water during the day, starting your day with a couple of glasses of water and drinking some liquids every time you eat may be enough liquids for a whole day.

However, it is good to know that if you live in a warm zone and your sweat during the day, you more likely need to drink even more liquids.

That is how you can stay hydrated for the whole day and also more likely for the entire night.

Should You Drink Just Before Bed?

If you feel thirsty just before bed, then it is good to drink some water. However, if you know that drinking before bed may mean that you need to wake up middle of the night to go to the bathroom, you should estimate how much you drink before bed.

Drinking just one gulp of water before bed may be enough to keep thirsty feeling away.

But if you feel very thirsty, should you drink more?

It is up to you, just estimate what would be the ideal amount of water and how it affects your sleep during the night.

If you drink too little, your sleeping may interrupt also. To find out what is the best practice just for you one helpful thing may be that you keep a glass of water on your nightstand. Then you can easily drink water if you feel thirsty just before bed or you wake up thirsty during the night.

What Should You Drink Just Before Bed?

Like said, it is usually recommended to drink at least a bit of water just before bed.

Furthermore, you may also want to drink some tea or other drink that you know that can relax you.

However, it is good to be aware of that drinking some tea may also interrupt your sleeping since some teas includes caffeine.

Therefore, look closely the tea product that you are going to drink and see if it contains caffeine which could keep you up unnecessarily.

It has said that chamomile tea can help you to fall asleep. It doesn’t contain caffeine, and it should be relaxing to choose.

How about, what to do if you accidentally drank some caffeine and you feel that you won’t fall asleep? Take a look at this blog post and see the tipsOpens in a new tab. given on such a case.

Is It Bad to Fall Asleep Feeling Thirsty?

Basically, you could fall asleep thirsty, but it is not recommended to do so. The thirsty feeling may wake you up in the middle of the night. Another thing is that since you feel thirsty your body functions more likely are not working correctly.

The best practice is to avoid thirsty feeling, if possible.

Related Questions:

Should You Drink Water Just After You Have Brushed Your Teeth?

It may be that sometimes after you brushed your teeth at night your mouth may feel dry and then you feel thirsty. So should you drink water just after brushing teeth?

Some kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashe products have a guide that recommends not to swallow or drink anything just after you have brushed your teeth.

But how to solve the problem related thirsty feeling in such a case?

You may drink water after teeth brushed, but you need to wait for a some time, maybe around 15 minutes.

One option is to drink water before you are going to brush your teeth. Then you more likely won’t feel so thirsty after brushing teeth.

Can You Drink Too Much Liquids?

Yes, you can. Typically, 2.7 – 3-7 liters, should be enough quantity of liquids for a day. In some cases when it is hot, you may need more fluids.

However, drinking multiple liters fluids during the day is not a good practice. Just like drinking too little amount of water every day, similarly drinking too much fluids can be harmful.

Therefore, follow up and see if you can keep a track that you won’t drink too little and not too much.

How to Moisten Dry Mouth Without Drinking Any Liquid?

There is one a straightforward method to moisten your mouth if you don’t want to drink any water before bed or when you wake up in the middle of the night.

You can gently bite your tongue for a few seconds so that salivary glands will produce some moist in your mouth.
Then your mouth will easily moisturize without the need to drink any water.

How About If You Suffer Dry Mouth All Along?

Take a look more information related to dry mouth.

Here a few tips from WebMd:

  • Sipping water frequently will help keep your mouth moist.
  • Drinking water or milk with meals increases moisture and helps with chewing and swallowing.
  • Sleep in a room with a humidifier. You may feel better in the morning.
  • Steer clear of sugary, acidic, or caffeinated drinks.
  • See your dentist for regular cleanings and exams.

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