11 Signs You’re Way Too Dehydrated

Dry mouth

Dry mouth is when the salivary glands don’t make enough saliva, which helps prevent tooth decay, limits bacterial growth, improves digestion, and cleans the mouth. It is a common side effect of certain medications, but very commonly, it is one of the first signs of dehydration. Drinking water often will help keep the mouth moist.

Disrupted sleep

If you wake up in the middle of the night with no apparent reason, you may need to drink some water. Even mild dehydration dries out the mouth and nasal passages, which can lead to snoring and hoarseness in the morning, according to the National Sleep Foundation. It’s common to lose fluid during sleep by simply breathing, especially if you breathe through the mouth.

Dark yellow urine

The general rule of thumb is that the lighter the color of your urine, the more hydrated you are. The darker it is, the more dehydrated you are, provided you are not on any medications and are in good general health. This is because fluids dilute the yellow pigments in urine. So if you don’t drink enough water, the yellow color will be more concentrated.

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17 thoughts on “11 Signs You’re Way Too Dehydrated”

  1. i had a urine infection..the md gave antibiotic to cure the vaginal infections
    within two hours my bowels became loose for 24 hours . I never knew this would happen.I used the bathroom at night..getting up out of bed immediately illustrated that i was needing the bathroom and fell
    I fell three times
    I went to a hospital emergency room and liquid was inserted in my veins
    After 8 hours…i wad told to go home and have been drinking glasses of water all day
    I am feeling better
    At 80 years old this is my first experience re dehydration

      1. Good read!!! I’m a water pusher to every one. My family knows now ant ack or problem……Drink water I tell them.
        It is easier to drink water with a straw. Try it I know you will enjoy it

    1. My relatively low blood pressure and thin size makes nurses assume I do lots of running. But the downside is tendency to experience lightheaded when ignoring hydration and working up a sweat outdoors or indoors. Orthostatic hypotension readily occurs on standing upright—sometimes causing lightheaded or dizzy. Watching color of my urine can tip me off rather than “tipping me over. So important to get fluids (not beer, ectera) to re-hydrate. At age 81, definitely don’t want to feel tipsy from low fluids and low BP on standing. So proud to not have hypertension, but have the other extreme—-equally dangerous.

  2. Carol robinson

    I am so glad I came across this article I am going to be drinking more water because some of the things listed are things that I have experienced so thank you

  3. Dry lips, dry hair, dry skin, choking in the night, BP went up, all because of a dry bedroom.
    Essential oil in defuser was not enough, but really helped. Spending time outside really helped. Humidifier is the answer, instead of a apnea mask., bowls of water in the room. The AC was actually drying out the air, even when set at 80. Drinking water with ice cubes made it more refreshing, with a dash of lemon and powered magnesium for a little fizz .

  4. Thanks for not bothering to explain what people can do other than just try to drink more water to make up for the shortfall.

    1. That is exactly the answer. Drink plenty of water. The only other answer is that if you are so dehydrated that you are dizzy, falling down and passing out is to get to an ER and have fluid replaced via IV directly into vein. Remember to have a good balanced diet too as you also take in some fluid via the food you eat. Juicy fruits are always good too. Take it from someone who has had kidney disease, dialysis and a transplant, fluid is extremely important for the health of your kidneys. Kidney disease is no fun and dialysis is painful.

  5. Some of those reasons I knew but there were a few that really surprised me. One was how much water you should drink, an hour, another that not enough water causes migraines. another the cause of muscle cramps in the legs. Everyone should read this.

    1. Gee, this reminds me that my leg muscle often cramp after working up a sweat after laboring outdoors or indoors. No doctor ever made connection between my invariably nocturnal cramps and poor hydration following daytime physical labors. Naturally at age 81, I want to avoid not hydrate just before bed. But i think it is best, especially after intense physical activity. Water will spare me a sleepless night and a bit of nocturnal urination increase can spare me those awful toe and calf cramps. In Florida that hydration need is very, very important to outdoor type like me.

  6. I sat on the carpet for 6 hours before my wife saved my life . I was stuck and could not get up. My big fat ass was wedged on the bowl

  7. I take several medications, including a water pill. If I don’t, I swell. I am not much of a drinker of anything during the day, let alone water. However, I do get a dry mouth, and that’s when I drink something. I feel like I have to concentrate when I urinate, and I’ve recently had a kidney infection. Could this all be from not drinking enough water?

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