Dr. David's

Pearls of Wisdom

Mouth TapingThere is an actual method to taping your mouth to help you sleep better. It has been proven to help with sleep apnea. The reason for taping is that many people breathe through the mouth which is very unhealthy. So the more you can breath through the nose the healthier you will be.

Why is it so important to NOT mouth breath?

Your nose is made for breathing and your mouth is made for eating and speaking. When breathing through the nose it acts as a filter, warms the air and creates nitric oxide which helps blood oxygen levels. When breathing through the mouth non of those occur. The tonsils are in constant defense as are the lungs which leads to chronic tonsillitis, asthma and allergies. It takes a lot more energy to breath through the mouth so in return your exhausted and don’t get restful sleep. Many other health problems develop just from mouth breathing.

How do I tape my mouth?

There are many tapes on the market that you can use. We recommend micropore tape by 3M, which can be bought on Amazon. Don’t be worried about taping. You nose is made to do the breathing and can be retrained.

What if I cant breath through my nose?

Most of the time it’s a habit and people think they can’t breath through the nose but you can! You just need to retrain your lip muscles to stay closed. If you wake up multiple nights and the tape is off,  you may want to see an ENT to rule out any obstructions.