You wouldn't believe it, I know. And you're unlikely to do it, I know that too. The new health craze? Sleep Tape. I know. What will those health crazies come up with next?
It took science journalist and best selling author James Nestor to do a self-experiment of breathing through his mouth to bring this all our attention. In his book "Breath - The New Science of A Lost Art" he talks at length about how very dangerous for your health breathing through your mouth at night is. He says it literally wrecked his health.
We know that Sleep Apnea and Snoring at night leads to some of the worst health outcomes, though did you know you're not meant to get up and pee in the night? The hormone Vasopressin is meant to stop all that and tell the kidneys not to produce water. I mean, cats and dogs don't, or other animals. You'd know wouldn't you, by what would be awaiting you in the morning!
And you're not meant to be thirsty either. Your own saliva is meant to take care of all of that, and prevent cavities at the same time. Oh, and high blood pressure. And weight gain and obsesity.
This from Article from healthline.com and reviewed by a medical doctor, gives it to you straight.
Overall, taping your mouth purportedly helps prevent some of the side effects of mouth breathing, including:
- asthma symptom exacerbations, such as nighttime coughing
- dental conditions, such as dry mouth, bleeding gums, teeth grinding, and cavities
- high blood pressure
- increased heart rate sleep apnea, which can then increase your risk of daytime drowsiness and cardiovascular diseases
- sleep disturbances, which may cause you to frequently wake up at night and miss out on much-needed deep sleep cycles
- sore throat
Mouth breathing is also said to increase inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation is associated with long-term consequences, including:
- cardiovascular disease
- decreased cognitive function
- type 2 diabetes
- weight gain and obesity
Whilst we go all into the science of it at The Breathing School, rest assured James Nestor tells us that you get 20 per cent more oxygen this way, and much more nitric oxide - the key antiviral, antibacterial instrumental in running the immune system, your glowing skin and, er, your, how shall we say, intimate systems!
- Mouth breathing is a potentially serious medical concern, especially if you’re starting to notice ongoing symptoms.
- Mouth taping may potentially help, but you should acclimate yourself to the process and have the right gear on hand.
- Before getting started, it is important to talk to a doctor. They may also refer you to a sleep specialist for further treatment.
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