Why Do My Lips Dry Out At Night?

Lips dry out at night because all the moisture evaporates off your delicate lip skin. Drinking water doesn’t help. It’s a like a dolphin drying out when he’s out of water — giving him water to drink won’t help. Applying a barrier to prevent water from evaporating will help.

  • Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline, Aquaphor) or any lip balm that you like. Keep it at your bedside. Apply whenever you wake up.
  • Use a room humidifier and avoid antihistamine sleeping medications such as diphenhydramine.
  • Sleep with your mouth closed (not so easy, though).

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2 thoughts on “Why Do My Lips Dry Out At Night?”

  1. Drink a lot of water before you go to sleep. Of course, this also means that you will get up at least once during the night to attend to nature’s call. But it does help in keeping your body hydrated.

  2. I have been using petroleum jelly on my lips for years…it works great. Sometimes I use it on my crows feet because it moisturizes the skin and appears to remove wrinkles.

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