Stick your mouth to block snoring, a controversial trend

One estimate suggests that about 57% of men and 40% of women snore. Therefore, the trend of #mouthtaping is now hot on TikTok, which is followed by many people.

This trend comes from a video that has 33 million views on social networks. The video teaches how to deal with snoring by sealing your mouth with duct tape, medical tape, forcing you to breathe through your nose. This trend is pervasive, with many people saying that the mouth mask can help their partners and themselves snore less.

Sleeping mouth mask is the Buteyko method, introduced in the 1950s by Ukrainian doctor Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko. He thinks that if you practice hard breathing through your nose, problems related to lung health will gradually decrease and disappear over time.

Some views advocate this approach. According to the Cleveland Clinic, breathing through your nose is more beneficial than breathing through your mouth, such as lowering blood pressure, filtering allergens, keeping your throat moist, reducing anxiety, and regulating your breath temperature. Meanwhile, mouth breathing can cause dry mouth, bad breath, and sore throat. Mouth-breathers also tend to snore more.

However, sleep experts say this practice is harmful.

Sticking your mouth while sleeping to prevent snoring is a way that is harmful to health, absolutely should not be followed. Image: Reviewed/Jon Chan

So, is it safe to stick your mouth on when you go to sleep?

The short answer is no. Mouth stickers can restrict airflow, and it’s a very bad idea if you’re not breathing through your nose well, or you suspect you have sleep apnea.

Carleara Weiss, PhD and sleep science advisor at Aeroflow Sleep Center in the US, said that sleep apnea is caused by an upper airway obstruction, which limits air intake and leads to oxygen intake. low in the brain. In the long term, low brain oxygen can increase the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disorders, and type two diabetes. This expert asserts, snoring or gasping during sleep is a protective mechanism to open the airways and increase oxygen intake. Meanwhile, sealing the mouth will block this mechanism.

Earlier, a small study conducted on 36 patients with asthma found that snoring did not improve. A 2022 study published in the journal Sleep & Breathing showed that people tried to breathe through their mouths even when their mouths were taped, which interfered with their sleep.

Weiss emphasizes, even if the mouth patch can reduce cases of snoring, it does not treat the cause of the snoring. Another downside is that the tape can irritate or damage the skin.

What should you do about snoring?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, snoring occurs when air cannot easily pass through the mouth or nose. When airflow is restricted, the roof of the mouth, tonsils, choroid, and tongue vibrate against each other as air is pushed out. This creates a noisy sound.

Some of the problems that make snoring worse are alcohol or sedatives, excess body fat putting extra pressure on soft tissues, or pregnancy causing rhinitis.

If you snore frequently and are too loud to affect your partner, see a sleep doctor, says Lauri Leadley, founder, president and clinical sleep educator at Valley Sleep Center. They will determine the cause of your snoring and rule out sleep apnea.

In addition, you can adopt some snoring remedies if sleep apnea is not the cause:

Change your sleeping position, avoid alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, take medication to relieve nasal congestion.

Sticking around or looking for any remedy on TikTok is not a cure-all for snoring, Leadley said. It is best that you find the root cause, treat it effectively.

Thuy Linh (According to Yahoo News)


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