Mouth taping can help people reduce heavy breathing while sleeping patterns. Night-time breathing is important because many disease conditions manifest when sleeping. If one wakes up with a dry mouth in the morning, then mouth taping can be an ingenious solution to keeping one’s mouth closed while sleeping. Heavy breathing is less likely to happen during sleep when one’s mouth is closed. About 80 to 90 percent of the people that perform this technique will notice a huge difference in how they feel in the morning.
Why Mouth Tape?
Mouth breathing changes the hemodynamics of blood flow in your body and brain. It causes dry mouth which can lead to more cavities, bad breath, coated tongue, yellow tongue, or geographic tongue. It can cause or aggravate gum disease, make you snore more and is involved in sleep apnea. If you are a mouth breather as a child, it changes how your face and airway develop and effects how you sleep for the rest of your life. Mouth breathing lessens the amount of nitric oxide that is created. It impacts the humidity of the lungs. Mouth taping can be challenging, but gets easier over time. You start humidifying the nose, rebuilding the biome in the nose and getting it to do what it is supposed to do. Sometimes the tape comes off during the night repeatedly. This is an indication that you have an obstruction in your nose that needs attention.
How to Mouth Tape for Better Sleep
The tape may be too sticky, so you can put it on your skin first to detune it, then your lips. The goal is to seal your lips and to have the tape on in the morning. Tape horizontally. If that doesn’t work try other positions. It is easy. Use normal closed lip posture. If you cannot close your mouth and keep your lips closed with tape, you need a referral. When you take the tape off, peel it off carefully. It does not give you chapped lips. You tend to get chapped lips when you are breathing in dry air over your lips. Couples should do it together so both will sleep well.
If you turn on your back while sleeping at night, your breathing gets almost twice as heavy, and it will be very difficult to pump more air through the nose. Hence, learn the module devoted to prevention of sleeping on one’s back. If your blanket is too warm, your breathing becomes deeper and bigger during sleep. You will wake up finding out that breathing through the nose is uncomfortable. To prevent overheating, use less warm clothes and blankets during sleep.
If you have had surgery for sleep apnea, mouth taping is fine. Mouth taping verifies that the surgery was effective. It can work with the therapies involved with sleep apnea. Even good mouth breathers find that mouth taping during sleep improves sleep quality. Mouth taping at night to stop mouth breathing should normally be a temporary measure. Indeed, the experience revealed that mouth breathing at night disappears once they achieve a certain result (criteria). This result guarantees nasal breathing the whole night.
During mouth taping dreams seem to be more frequent and more vivid. The blood flow in the brain changes. The prefrontal cortex gets a better oxygen load and deoxyhemoglobin does not decrease as much, for better oxygenation. If you cannot breathe through your nose, typically, you will develop sleep apnea. Even with an appliance, C-pap or A-pap, you need to breathe through you nose. Surgery may be an option if you cannot breathe through your nose. An ENT doctor or a dentist addresses surgical options. Not all ENTs recommend mouth tapping.