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The Research: Benefits of MOUTH TAPE

Improve Sleep Quality & No more Dry Mouth while sleeping

The idea of taping your mouth shut at night might initially sound intimidating and uncomfortable. However, rest assured that it is safe to do so. While asleep, if nasal breathing is insufficient, your tongue will naturally push off the tape, allowing you to breathe through your mouth if needed. With various shapes and sizes of mouth tape available, finding one that provides comfort is possible.

To get used to the tape, it is suggested to try it out while relaxing at home.  This allows you to gauge how much you breathe through your mouth and become comfortable with the tape. Initially, during the evening, you may unconsciously push it off, but with consistent practice, it can stay in place throughout the night. The adjustment period might take a few weeks, but once the tape remains on during sleep, you can expect to experience improved sleep quality.

Scientifically Proven Benefits

Mouth Tape prevents loss caused by open-mouth breathing, reduces snoring and improves sleep quality.

Research has shown that patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) experience a greater increase in hematocrit and hemoglobin levels after sleep, which may be linked to increased water loss and more time spent with the mouth open during breathing.

Furthermore, mouth-taping during sleep has been found to improve snoring and the severity of sleep apnea in individuals with mild OSA who primarily breathe through their mouths. The use of mouth tape resulted in approximately a 50% reduction in the Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) and the Snoring Index (SI). Interestingly, the improvement in AHI and SI was more significant in patients with higher baseline values. This suggests that mouth-taping could serve as an alternative treatment for mild OSA before resorting to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy or surgical intervention.

Scientific Research — 1

Mouth opening/breathing is common in sleep apnea and linked to more nocturnal water loss.

Source

Biomedical journal [Biomed J] 2023 Jun; Vol. 46 (3), pp. 100536. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 May 10.

Background

Mouth opening/breathing during sleep is common in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is probably associated with more water loss and higher risk for nocturnal ischemic heart attack. This study aimed to evaluate nocturnal changes in hematocrit/hemoglobin levels and estimated plasma volume loss in OSA patients and its relation to their OSA severity and mouth open/breathing.

Conclusion

OSA patients had a greater increase in hematocrit/hemoglobin levels after sleep, which is probably linked to more water loss and more sleep time with mouth open/breathing.

Competing Interests

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Scientific Research — 2

The Impact of Mouth-Taping in Mouth-Breathers with Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Preliminary Study.

Source

[Healthcare (Basel)] 2022 Sep 13; Vol. 10 (9). Date of Electronic Publication,

Background

Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are mouth-breathers. Mouth-breathing not only narrows the upper airway, consequently worsening the severity of OSA, but also it affects compliance with nasal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. This study aimed to investigate changes in OSA by the use of mouth tape in mouth-breathers with mild OSA.

Conclusion

Mouth-taping during sleep improved snoring and the severity of sleep apnea in mouth-breathers with mild OSA, with AHI and SI being reduced by about half. The higher the level of baseline AHI and SI, the greater the improvement was shown after mouth-taping. Mouth-taping could be an alternative treatment in patients with mild OSA before turning to CPAP therapy or surgical intervention.

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