You’ve probably got a nighttime routine or ritual that you stick to pretty closely. Maybe you wind down with a cup of tea, take a nighttime bath, brush your teeth, lay out your clothes for tomorrow, and read a book. As off the wall as it seems, you might benefit from adding “put on mouth tape” to your list of evening to-dos before turning in for bed. Before we can get into the benefits of mouth tape, we have to understand what it is and how it works.
What is Mouth Tape?
Mouth tape is specifically formulated to cover your mouth at night during sleep. It should be safe, pain-free to apply and remove, and shouldn’t get in your way or be uncomfortable while you’re trying to get some shut-eye. The process behind taping your mouth is truly as easy as it sounds: you place tape over your lips so that they can’t fall open while you’re asleep.
If you’re a mouth breather, the mouth tape helps you to automatically breathe through the nose without thinking about it too much. Mouth tape strips help you to breathe through the nose in the evening rather than continuing to breathe through the mouth, which can be damaging to your health.
But why? What’s the big deal with mouth taping? Why is everyone so hyped up over a piece of tape?
Why Everyone's Talking About Mouth Tape
Since mouth tape forces you to breathe in and out of your nose instead of your mouth, many people are praising it as a simple way to improve sleep and boost oral health.
Furthermore, chronic mouth breathing leads to snoring. Mouth tape works to prevent snoring, along with all of the other problems associated with mouth breathing, like:
Poor dental hygiene
Fatigue during the day
Sagging soft palate (the area at the back of the roof of the mouth)
Incorrect tongue posture
Beyond that, as many as 61 percent of people identify as mouth breathers. If mouth breathing at night is so detrimental to our health, why do so many people do it? Nasal congestion is a big factor. Most people, sometimes subconsciously, resort to breathing through their mouth due to allergies or a cold that makes nasal breathing more difficult than usual.
But here’s the thing: breathing through the mouth can actually make nasal congestion worse, which leads to even more mouth breathing. It’s a lose-lose situation! This happens because as airflow in the nasal cavity decreases, so does bacteria. This leads to even more congestion.
So how can you break the cycle so you can breathe correctly again? Once you have decongested, which you can work on with the help of Buteyko breathing exercises, you should work on breaking the habit. The best place to start is your sleep.
Keeping the mouth shut during sleep isn’t a novel practice. In fact, James Nestor mentions in his book “Breath” that some mothers in Native American tribes would gently shut their babies’ lips while they were sleeping to train them to be nasal breathers.
We know that mouth breathing is bad, but why has there been such a huge focus and push for nasal breathing throughout history? It has to do with all of the benefits of breathing through the nostrils, which we’ll cover next.
Benefits of Nose Breathing
Nasal breathing is the best form of breath to keep our airways and bodies healthy. The main reason is that nasal breathing supports the production of nitric oxide, a “miracle molecule” that affects virtually every cell in the body.
You might be wondering if you can just slap any old tape on your lips and hope for the same result. Unfortunately, it isn’t that easy.
The Problem With Using Just Any Old Tape
Now that you know how important nasal breathing is, you’re probably ready to reach for the duct tape you have laying in the back of some kitchen drawer. Or maybe you’re feeling creative and want to try some painter’s tape from your last household project. But using just any tape can be extremely abrasive and damaging to your lips.
Other tape is painful to remove and can take the skin along with it. Our strips use a soft adhesive, much like a gel, that removes painlessly without irritating the skin. Not to mention, other tape options can be dangerous to use since they don’t offer the mouth vent that SomniFix includes in the center of our strips in case you absolutely need to take in air through the mouth while you’re asleep due to congestion.
Some people use regular surgical tape in lieu of specially-designed mouth tape strips. Surgical tape may not be hypoallergenic, meaning it can also irritate your skin. That’s why SomniFix strips are your best defense against mouth breathing.
Why SomniFix is the Best Mouth Tape Option
Put the duct tape away! Our strips are latex-free, gluten-free, and hypoallergenic. Not to mention, they were designed with comfort and safety in mind. Stop mouth breathing and all of the health risks associated with it in its tracks. SomniFix is your best defence against poor health and the best way to reap all of the benefits of nasal breathing. Start taping your way to dreamier sleep and better health tonight!
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