On TikTok, “mouth taping” does not improve nasal breathing, but other techniques exist

Elena Shlyapnikova/Getty Images/iStockphoto Without going through “mouth taping”, there are rehabilitation techniques to improve breathing at night.

Elena Shlyapnikova/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Without going through “mouth taping”, there are rehabilitation techniques to improve breathing at night.

SLEEP – Attention, new TikTok trick not to be reproduced at home: the “mouth tapping”. Users have decided to tape their mouths to promote nasal breathing during the night. But as you can imagine, this practice does not necessarily work and can even be dangerous.

Nasal breathing is not sought by chance. “It warms and humidifies the air that goes into the lungs. There’s a whole bunch of immune defenses in the nasal cavities that filter out germs.”according to Doctor Marc Rey, neurologist specializing in sleep and president of the National Institute of Sleep and Vigilance, contacted by The HuffPost. It allows better dental hygiene, prevents dry mouth or snoring.

According to him, the “mouth tapping” is only feasible if we have a correct nasal breathing. » Problem: those who are tempted by the practice have difficulty breathing through their nose. “You can choke during the night and wake up with a start, with some anxiety, the time to tear off the tape and catch your breath. Your sleep will be fragmented”he explains.

More seriously, the repetition of this practice can lead to “hypoxia, that is to say a drop in the level of oxygen in the blood. Cardiovascular risks will increase. » Clearly, the “mouth tapping”, if you have trouble breathing through your nose, is almost like creating sleep apnea. Not ideal when looking to breathe better at night.

There are other tips

In 2021, however, it was an American dentist, Doctor Mark Burhenne, who recommended the practice on the Mind Body Green site. But other safer tricks exist. “There are rehabilitation techniques, with an ENT or a dental surgeon”details the neurologist before continuing: “Physiotherapists are trained in this rehabilitation. They teach you to make movements with the mouth, to spread the nasal wings… There is a set of muscles that you have to make work correctly. »

If you suffer from sleep apnea – a syndrome due to repeated episodes of obstruction of the respiratory tracts of the back of the throat, it is recommended to consult. “Especially in children”recommends Dr. Rey.

There is also a whole range of small exercises to do at home if you want to stop snoring or improve your oral hygiene. “Footballers put on small objects that open their nostrils. You have to dilate them so that they are as open as possible., reveals the neurologist. Michel Cymes recommended in 2020 in an article for RTL to wash your nose with a jet of salt water before going to bed. It is better to avoid sleeping on your back because it promotes mouth breathing. Airing your room once a day also helps purify the air.

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