Amal Allam wrote Tuesday, October 3, 2023 07:44 PM
The British newspaper “Daily Mail” said that something simple, albeit strange – such as closing the mouth during sleep can solve a large number of common health problems, from bad breath to snoring? In fact, the claims that are sweeping the social media platform TikTok on the health craze doesn’t stop there, taping your mouth is said to help get rid of a double chin, enhance sagging jaw lines, and even help you run faster.
Closing the mouth while sleeping
Throughout the summer, TikTokkers have been posting videos talking up the benefits of mouth tape, which involves either sticking the tape vertically (across the lips) or diagonally across the mouth (in the shape of a St. Andrew’s Cross), attracting more than 25 million views.
The newspaper said that last week, TV presenter Julia Bradbury revealed her experience, as did Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, as mouth tie is based on the principle that breathing through the nose – inhaling and exhaling through the nose – is better, because it encourages the release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, a chemical that opens the airways, is also thought to help the body fight infections (nitric oxide is not produced when breathing through the mouth).
But is there any scientific basis for this new craze?
There is no doubt that nitric oxide itself has many health benefits. For example, it relaxes the inner muscles of blood vessels, which increases blood flow, which can help lower blood pressure. Experts agree that breathing through the nose helps retain more blood pressure. Of nitric oxide.
The newspaper explained, “When you exhale through your nose, 75% of the resulting nitric oxide is deposited and recycled in the nose, but if you exhale through your mouth, more than 75% of the nitric oxide will be lost.” But it is not just about nitric oxide. She added, “With breathing through the nose, the air passes through the structures of the nose and picks up a lot of heat and moisture – this is beneficial because you need oxygen that has a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius and is saturated with moisture, to be absorbed into the lung tissue. The nose also filters out bacteria, pollen and pollutants.” .
Close the mouth with tape while sleeping
The newspaper explained that if you breathe through the mouth, the air is drier and colder, which means that it must travel down the bronchi before it is absorbed, and this can encourage overbreathing, and some athletes use mouth tape at night to improve their speed and ability to move. Endurance Tennis player Iga Swiatek even recently trained on the court at the Omnium Banque National Championships in Canada with her mouth taped in an attempt to boost her performance.
This appears to be supported by research, including a study by George Dallam, a professor of human health and movement at the University of Colorado, which found that runners who closed their mouths with tape during walking tests performed better after training in the technique for 6 months than those wearing nose clips. They breathe through their mouths.
Among the mouth constrictors, more oxygen was delivered to the bloodstream and thus to the muscles, which may give them a competitive advantage. Additionally, when they ran a 5K pace, they consumed less oxygen overall when breathing through the nose because they were breathing less. by 23%
“This may offer a small performance benefit during exercise,” Professor Dallam told Good Health, “because it means the body is working more efficiently (oxygen is a bit like gasoline for your body).
He says athletes need to practice breathing this way until it becomes second nature.
Health experts emphasized that mouth banding may be beneficial for people who do not have underlying medical problems and who have simply gotten into bad breathing habits, adding, you will always want to try to find out the underlying cause of mouth breathing and treat it first, it will be the treatment to consider when you Sort everything else.
But if nose breathing is better for overall health and perhaps athletic performance, when it comes to restless sleep or snoring, experts say mouth-tie isn’t the solution people might hope for.
“I don’t think many people in the sleep community would support this,” said Guy Lechziner, professor of neurology and sleep medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. “It’s better to understand why you’re sleeping poorly and why you’re snoring rather than using… These are techniques that may cause you to ignore underlying medical conditions.
The newspaper added, breathing through the mouth can cause a range of problems, including a deviated nasal septum (a crooked cartilage in the nose that makes the nasal passage narrower), inflammation associated with allergic rhinitis, or tightness in the back of the throat, in addition to cessation of breathing during breathing. Sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition in which you temporarily stop breathing while you sleep.
Professor Lechziner stressed that he is concerned that mouth-tie could inadvertently lead to “only partial management of conditions such as sleep apnea,” warning that it may make breathing more difficult for someone suffering from nasal congestion, leading to “poor sleep apnea.” “Quality of sleep,” agrees Pavol Sorda, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and London Bridge Private Hospital, warning that it can also sometimes lead to difficulty breathing if the nose is blocked or congested, increasing the risk, Asphyxiation can cause bronchial obstruction, and it is recommended to consult a health care professional before attempting a mouth tie, especially if the person suffers from respiratory problems or sleep apnea.
The idea that a patch may help treat disrupted sleep problems may be based on a misunderstanding of breathing pattern disorders where you breathe too much, too quickly, a combination of both, or inefficient breathing, where you use your chest and shoulders instead of your diaphragm. Yours, says Mr. McNelis.
He explains that although these can Sleep disruption – By over-stimulating nerves and signals to the brain, causing a stress response and the release of the stress hormone adrenaline, which keeps you awake – However, mouth binding will not work as a treatment, patients need to learn breathing exercises.
The danger is also in using a type of tape that causes problems in itself, warning that any tape used should be easy to remove by simply blowing on your lips.
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