My health tip might sound a little bizarre but please keep reading. You will sleep better and your health will improve especially the health of your mouth by balancing your oral microbiome. I’d like to share with you the benefits of mouth taping which I’ll explain later in the article.
Firstly do you know about the huge benefits of nose breathing?
By understanding why it’s so important you will see why how my tip could help you. Mouth breathing has an impact on blood pressure and heart rate, it worsens asthma, and deprives the heart, brain, and other organs of optimal oxygenation. Children who mouth breathe can have numerous health issues such as abnormal facial development, misaligned teeth, plus suffer from poor sleep. In fact, the symptoms of mouth breathing in children are identical to the symptoms of ADHD.
You’re more likely to snore if you mouth breathe too and you will often have sleep disruptions.
If you are a mouth breather, it’s unlikely that the first night of mouth taping will be successful. The best thing you can do is to keep trying and be very mindful about practicing nose breathing during the day when you’re more aware. Becoming a nose breather is a process, but even repeated cycles of just a few minutes of nose breathing can effectively train your body to do it regularly.
When your body is trained to breathe through your nose, the results can be amazing. You will increase your nitric oxide levels by using your nose rather than your mouth. The reason this is so important is that it:
regulates blood pressure
reduces heart disease risk
regulates inflammatory response
improves immune/gut function
increases endurance and strength
promotes weight loss
enhances memory and learning
helps improve symptoms of anxiety and depression
We produce 25% of our nitric oxide by nose breathing so hopefully, you are starting to understand the importance of it.
If you tape your mouth you will have a reduced risk of teeth grinding plus less chance of having a dry mouth which isn’t just uncomfortable, it’s harmful to your oral microbiome because it lowers the pH of the mouth into the acidic zone, allowing the bad bacteria to flourish. Add that to the fact your teeth are not being bathed in saliva which contains certain nutrients that are vital to the remineralisation process, so you are more likely to get cavities.
Nose breathers sleep better too. One great benefit of mouth taping is that it can reduce the number of visits to the loo at night time because your brain shuts down your urges to use the loo. If you do go to the loo at night it might be a sign your breathing is interrupted.
Mouth taping can also help to reverse mouth snoring, although it won’t fix snoring that originates in the nose.
Mouth taping is easy, cheap and such an easy thing to do. I use a clear micropore tape but you might prefer a specialised product such as Somnifix Sleep Strips because they’re so much less intimidating. I tear off a strip about 7cm long and place it over my mouth just as I’m about to go to sleep and remove when I wake up in the morning. It’s that easy.
Just remember that anything worth doing takes time, and learning to mouth tape is no exception. It can take a few weeks to get used to mouth taping, so don’t give up if you find your mouth is open when you wake up for the first few days.
I’d love to hear if you try it and how you get on. Email me – firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.