Not Sleeping Well? Tape your Mouth Shut

tape your mouthThousand Oaks, Westlake Village and Agoura Hills, CA

This may sound counterintuitive, or downright dangerous but it’s not. If you find that you are not sleeping well, are fatigued throughout the day, and have trouble focusing, you are probably a mouth breather. By taping your mouth shut at night, you are forcing yourself to breathe through your nose, which is the way we are designed to breathe.

Why is mouth breathing bad?

Mouth breathing elevates blood pressure, exacerbates asthma and allergies, as well as deprives the heart, body, and vital organs of air. On the contrary, nasal breathing helps produce nitric oxide in the sinuses, which is necessary for our bodies to thrive. When you breathe through your mouth, you are depriving your body of nitric oxide. 

Mouth breathing also disrupts oral microbiome, which increases your risk of developing tooth decay.

Why does my body need nitric oxide?

Nitric oxide does wonders for our bodies. It helps reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, improves memory, learning, and immune system, plus helps you sleep better!

When you breathe through your nose while sleeping you will wake feeling well rested, have better health overall, and it even helps reduce anxiety, depression, headaches, and attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder. There are so many health benefits to nasal breathing that it is hard not to give mouth taping a try.

How to practice mouth taping

Start by using a medical grade tape, such as Micropore, which is available at major online retailers. Before applying the tape, fold over each end so that it is easy to remove when you wake. Place the tape over your mouth. That’s it! If you find that the tape is removed when you wake, that’s ok; discuss this with your dentist to determine if you have an oral condition that is causing you to mouth breathe.

For more information about the importance of nasal breathing, or to schedule an appointment, contact The Connection at (805) 380-6169. We welcome patients of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA.

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