Around 50 percent of all people snore at one point or another throughout their lives. That means that half of us will experience poor sleep caused by sawing logs at one point or another.
Snoring is annoying. There’s nothing more irritating than snoring yourself awake. And worse than that, it keeps your partner awake. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you probably thought that your CPAP machine would stop all of the snoring. But that’s not always the case. Fortunately, the problem isn’t you. Snoring with a CPAP machine isn’t an uncommon problem.
If you’re still snoring with your CPAP device, there are a few things you can do to stop it and get a well-deserved night of shut-eye (while easing the tension with your partner).
Before we get into the solutions, let’s first uncover the root of the problem. Here’s why you’re still snoring with your CPAP device.
Why You’re Still Snoring With Your CPAP Device
The top cause of CPAP snoring? Mouth leaks. When using a CPAP mask, its efficiency requires your mouth to stay shut. If your lips aren’t sealed, air leaks out.
That means that the flow of oxygen in your nostrils becomes compromised. The delivery of your therapy becomes non-compliant, and snoring is still possible since your airway can still become obstructed.
Aside from snoring, the ineffective therapy caused by mouth leaks can cause you to wake up several times throughout the night, meaning more sleep quality. Daytime irritability or fatigue is a result.
Some physicians recommend chin straps to try and keep mouth leaks at bay. But they’re incredibly uncomfortable. Aside from that, they don’t always work.
The straps are designed to wrap around the head and chin to keep the mouth closed. So what’s the problem with using them? A broken lip seal is still possible even with a chin strap on.
The reason for this has a lot to do with the physiology of what causes snoring in the first place.
The Physiological Explanation of Why We Snore
Most snorers tend to have weak jaw muscles that lead to an open mouth during sleep. As a result, this causes a switch from nasal breathing, the breathing method we were designed to use on a daily basis, to mouth breathing.
During mouth breathing, the airway becomes more narrow. Tissues tend to fall back into the airway during sleep, too, since gravity is pulling everything downward. All of this means that the vibrations and blockages of these tissues are likely, AKA snoring.
Your airway is more likely to dry out during mouth breathing since the mouth doesn’t humidify incoming air. In turn, that means dry mouth and a sore throat upon waking up.
Plus, the mouth doesn’t filter the air like your nose does. Allergens and germs can make their way into your lungs, making snoring even worse by irritating the airway.
Past that, mouth breathing causes us to over breathe. Over breathing puts the body in a state of “fight or flight” as opposed to the “rest and digest” mode that nasal breathing causes. That means an increased chance of hyperventilation, reduced carbon dioxide levels, reduced circulation, and more.
Now that we know the physiology (and health problems) behind snoring, how can we stop it? A strong lip seal and proper tongue posture are key.
Proper Lip Seal: The Snoring Cure
A strong lip seal means that snore-causing mouth breathing isn’t a possibility. Proper tongue posture, which is supported by nasal breathing, means that the tongue can’t fall back into the airway.
It’s easy to work on your lip seal and tongue posture while you’re awake. Make note of where your tongue is resting in your mouth and whether your mouth is open or closed throughout the day.
But what about when you’re asleep? Seems impossible to focus on your lip seal while asleep, right? Wrong. Mouth tape makes it a no-brainer.
SomniFix is the Solution to CPAP Snoring
SomniFix mouth tape strips are the easiest way to stop snoring while using your CPAP device. They keep your lips zipped during sleep with a skin-safe, gentle gel adhesive.
Better yet, you won’t have to worry about wearing a chin strap anymore with the addition of mouth tape to your nightly routine. Mouth tape keeps your jaw closedandyour lips sealed, eliminating the need for a chin strap while also solving the lip seal issue that one can’t.
Best news of all? Mouth tape is actually comfortable, unlike a chin strap. No more sweaty, itchy skin or feeling like your head is in a vice grip while trying to doze off. One thin strip is all you need, and you’ll barely notice it’s there.
Snoring isn’t the only problem that SomniFix can help solve. Since our mouth tape strips promote nasal breathing, they have even more benefits to offer.
Other Benefits of Using SomniFix With Your CPAP
Nose breathing offers many benefits that mouth breathing doesn’t. The main one is nitric oxide. This chemical is naturally occurring and allows for blood to more easily flow throughout the body.
The vasodilation caused by nitric oxide helps to:
Lower blood pressure
Boost the immune system
Protect the lungs and airway
Improve cognitive and physical performance
Optimize oxygen levels
Improve oral health
Prevent nasal congestion
The main takeaway from all of these benefits is that mouth taping and nasal breathing can help you avoid countless health problems and improve your overall quality of life.
Shut CPAP Snoring Up For Good
The bottom line? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by adding mouth tape to your bedtime routine. Peel the backing off of our strips to reveal a comfortable gel adhesive, turn the lips inward, and pop the strip on before you doze off. That’s all there is to it!
Drift into bliss, keep CPAP snoring at bay, and help improve your overall health with mouth tape tonight.
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