Mouth Taping for Better Sleep
I’m always on the pursuit of maximizing my health. Once I accomplish one goal, I make a new goal for the week. I once ran marathons and would aim for one more mile, rather than telling my brain I had 26 more miles to go. I like focusing on one mile at a time, then the task doesn’t seem impossible. Making small goals have increased my health more than I ever thought possible! One thing that I suffered from in my teens and early 20’s was terrible sleep! I now sleep 9 to 9.5 hours a night which may seem like a lot to you, but I am the energizer bunny during the day and accomplish more than I ever have before.
Would you put tape over your mouth for a better night sleep? This may look like torture but if you want to get quality sleep, better endurance, less allergies, less cavities… forcing yourself to breath through your nose is important. If you wake up with a stuffy nose or a dry mouth, you most likely need to read this!
When I spoke on the Low Carb Cruise this past Spring I listened to a great presentation by Mike and Deanne Arnille of High Intensity Health. They discusses mouth taping and how it could transform your life and I found it fascinating!
The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating. If you think about it, it all makes sense! Mouth breathing increases blood pressure, makes allergies worse, aggravates asthma and deprives the body of the oxygen it needs.
If you are breathing through your mouth, blood vessels in the sinuses become inflamed and mucus production increases. If you notice that you wake up with a dry mouth, you are a mouth breather. Waking up with a dry mouth is bad for the microbiome in your mouth. A dry mouth increases cavities too because your teeth need saliva for protection. This dry mouth and lower microbiome can also cause bad breath.
Another problem with mouth breathing is that it causes a state of chronic hyperventilation where you inhale and exhale too much air. This chronic hyperventilation creates an imbalance of carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange. The brain in-turn stimulating mucus production to slow the breathing, which causes nasal congestion. This creates a bad cycle that causes mouth breathers no longer able to breathe through the nose.
On the other hand, nose breathing slows and enhances breathing rhythm and optimizes carbon dioxide oxygen exchange, which in turn, increases focus, energy and mood. The nose is also a filter for airborne particles in the air; this is why I always breath through my nose when I ride bike through areas with large amounts of toxins in the air such as golf courses.
Breathing through the nose provides nitric oxide which we produce in the sinuses. Mouth breathing provides little to no nitric oxide where nose breathing provides over 25%! Nitric oxide is essential for cognition, brain health, immune health and our fitness by enhancing endurance! Athletes know that nitric oxide is important to healthy muscles!
How do you stop mouth breathing? Tape your mouth shut! Mouth Taping for sleep has been helping thousands of people lower their anxiety, increase memory and concentration. Mouth breathing increases anxiety by activating the sympathetic nervous system.
This isn’t new information, there are companies out there that make products for improved breathing for sleep such as SomniFix. It is a comfortable strip that you put over your mouth without pain when removing in the morning. Click HERE to find.
5 Benefits of breathing through your nose:
1. It produces nitric oxide which kills bacteria in airborne particles which increases our immune system.
2. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which lowers stress and anxiety.
3. It increases oxygen saturation which helps with endurance, energy and strength.
4. It lowers bad breath, cavities and nasal congestion.
5. It humidifies and heats inhaled air, protecting the airway and lungs in cold or dry environments.
CLICK HERE to watch a video on natural sleep supplements.
So here is just another way to maximize your health!
What new goals are you making this week?
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