The following article was published on Everyday Health, written by Tiarra Mukherjee and medically reviewed by Samuel Mackenzie, MD, PhD, on February 28, 2019.
I know what you’re thinking: Here we go again, another useless health scam. While mouth taping (taping your mouth shut while you sleep) might seem like your typical weird wellness trend, it’s actually grounded in serious science. And the good news is, for us mouth breathers, the solution to a better night’s sleep (and a myriad of health benefits!) may be as simple and cost effective as a roll of surgical tape from CVS.
But first, let me back up.
I love sleep. For as long as I can remember, a good night’s rest has been elusive. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, likely because I’m a huge overthinker. Being glued to my computer and phone until I hit the pillow hasn't helped much either. But staying asleep has equally been a challenge. I’d wake up several times for sips of water, or to go the bathroom.
I’ve tried everything from meditation to Ambien, but like many people, most mornings I tend to wake up wanting to hit the snooze button. When a friend mentioned that waking up to pee at night was less about being overly hydrated and more likely a sign of poor sleeping habits, I decided to start looking for other sleep aid solutions. Enter: mouth taping.