Snoring. Despite the humor it attracts, it’s not funny. You can buy t-shirts that read, “I don’t snore, I dream I’m a motorcycle.” But the very fact there’s a market for snoring-related gifts indicates sleep-disordered breathing is a big problem.
In this case, laughter is not the best medicine.
Why so serious?
People who snore experience fragmented, poor-quality sleep, lack of focus and daytime fatigue. If you sleep badly, you are at higher risk of road traffic accidents. Snoring and poor sleep quality have serious implications for long-term health, including early mortality, dementia and other neurodegenerative conditions, obesity, compromised immunity and the list goes on.
What is snoring?
Snoring is a symptom of sleep-disordered breathing. It happens when a large volume of air passes through a narrow or collapsed airway causing turbulence that makes the tissues in the throat vibrate. Sounds gentle? It isn’t. The loudest snore on record was 120 decibels – the same volume as an emergency siren!
It can be surprisingly hard to know if you snore. But if you often feel breathless, have a stuffy nose and breathe through your mouth during the day, it’s likely your nighttime breathing is below par. If you wake up with a dry mouth, bad breath and a sore throat, you probably breathe through your mouth at night. Carrying a little extra weight doesn’t help (fat on the neck, jaw, tongue and tummy contributes to snoring and sleep apnea) but fit, healthy people can suffer too.
It’s time to find a way to close your mouth during sleep. And this is exactly why internationally renowned breathing coach Patrick McKeown designed MYOTAPE for his clients.
Health risks of mouth breathing
In health terms, snoring is no joke. Habitual snoring is related to insulin resistance (a pre-diabetes state2,3) and obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a severe form of sleep-disordered breathing linked with conditions including cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, diabetes and even premature death. During sleep apnea the breathing stops altogether for several seconds, causing you to wake intermittently as blood oxygen levels drop. Scientists have proven that sleep apnea symptoms are much worse during mouth breathing8.
Mouth breathing is generally caused by nasal obstruction9 and increases with age. Once you reach 40, you’re 6 times more likely to spend at least half of your sleep time switching between nose and mouth breathing10.
If you use CPAP to treat sleep apnea, mouth breathing is the primary reason for treatment non-compliance11.
The answer lies in unblocking the nose and restoring nose breathing with MYOTAPE.
How to solve nighttime mouth breathing
Substantial scientific evidence shows that full time nasal breathing leads to better health and better sleep. And that nose breathing reduces sleep apnea and snoring. Some people have nasal obstruction that prevents nose breathing, but one study has shown that 83.5% of mouth breathers are able to comfortably breathe through the nose. If you can breathe through your nose for one minute, you can do so for life.
If you are planning surgery to remove nasal polyps or correct nasal obstruction, it is vital that you learn to breathe through your nose afterwards to avoid problems like empty nose syndrome.
By using MYOTAPE to close the lips during sleep you can gently retrain your breathing.
What is MYOTAPE?
MYOTAPE is a mouth tape specially designed for sleep. It surrounds the mouth so your lips aren’t ‘sealed’. You can still open your mouth to speak or take a sip of water if you need to. The tape works using a light elastic tension that triggers neural connections and ‘reminds’ the mouth to close. Without this support, it is almost impossible to ensure nasal breathing during sleep.
Nose breathing during sleep:
- Keeps the airways open
- Filters the air, protecting against pathogens, allergens and viruses
- Warms and humidifies air, meaning less airway irritation, gum disease and bad breath
- Improves heart rate variability and nervous system balance
- Slows the breathing reducing stress and improving diaphragm amplitude
- Creates better oxygenation and reduces oxygen desaturation
Watch this video to learn how to unblock your nose:
For sleep health, use MYOTAPE:
- Follow the instructions for use
- Use with breathing exercises
- Restore full time nose breathing
- Experience restful sleep and a new lease of life during the day. Sleep better, feel better, BE better!
Disclaimer: If you have any health concerns, speak to your medical doctor before trying mouth taping. Never seal your mouth with any tape not specifically designed for the purpose.
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- Shin, Chol, JinYoung Kim, JeHyeong Kim, SangYeub Lee, JaeJeong Shim, KwangHo In, KyungHo Kang et al. “Association of habitual snoring with glucose and insulin metabolism in nonobese Korean adult men.” American journal of respiratory and critical care medicine 171, no. 3 (2005): 287-291.
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