For the past three months, Lauryn Bossick, a Texas mother of two, has added a new step to her nightly routine: taping her mouth shut.
Bossick, an entrepreneur and founder of El Flaco Confidencial — a line of lifestyle products, a book and a podcast — said she finds the technique, called a mouth wrap, a positive addition for her wellness routine.
He said he wakes up with more energy and feels like he can breathe better throughout the day.
“The first time I did it, I woke up with more energy,” Bossstick said.Good morning america.” “It’s really not difficult once you start doing it. I’m surprised, but I actually want to do it every night.”
Bossstick said he first heard about mouth tapes at night from several wellness experts he interviewed for his podcast, who praised it as a way to get the health benefits of nose breathing.
One of those experts Andrew Huberman, Ph.D.professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, has promoted the benefits of nasal breathing in social networks and in your own podcast“The Huberman Laboratory”.
Huberman proposes that breathing through the nose rather than the mouth can not only help prevent the spread of infection, but can also help improve dental hygiene, facial alignment and, at night, provide deeper sleep.
Dr Gregory LevitinA board-certified otolaryngologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, echoes some of those beliefs, suggesting that nasal breathing has some well-researched medical benefits.
“Functionally, it’s healthier to breathe through your nose,” Levitin said. “There are many studies that have shown that the nose not only warms the air, filters and hydrates it, but is also associated with healthier sleep.”
Has been small studies linking mouth packing with modest improvements in snoring and sleep apnea, but no large-scale trials have been able to show its benefits, so it is not universally recommended.
Do’s and Don’ts of Mouth Tapes
Dr Raj Dasguptaa member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, said people should always consult a doctor before attempting to bandage their mouth.
The main danger with the technique, he said, is if someone has undiagnosed sleep apnea and therefore would have difficulty breathing at night.
“Before putting a tape over your mouth, talk to your doctor or health care provider to see if it will be safe for you,” Dasgupta said, adding that women especially often go undiagnosed because they don’t always have the classic symptoms. of obstructive sleep apnea, such as loud snoring.
Levitin also said that a person trying to cover their mouth is probably trying to feel better, in which case they should seek medical attention to see if there’s a reason they’re not breathing properly through their nose.
He cautioned that mouth tapes should be viewed as a diagnostic tool, not a permanent solution or something to be done long-term.
If a person feels better after trying to cover their mouth for a night or two, they should see a doctor, according to Levitin, who noted that there are now non-surgical options to help people breathe easier.
“It’s an indicator that maybe the next step is taken and seeing someone figure out if there’s a problem that can be fixed,” he said.
Levitin stressed that people should not use commercial tape, duct tape, or any other non-medical tape for the technique. If people decide to try the buccal bandage, the porous tape is recommended as it is designed to be used on human skin.
Both Levitin and Dasgupta said that people can also improve their nasal breathing through lifestyle modifications, rather than resorting to covering their mouths.
Meditation and yoga, as well as a healthy diet and regular exercise, contribute to better breathing, experts said.
Levitin said it’s easy to see why a tool like a mouth wrap might become popular, because people try to feel better by breathing easier.
Signs that a person may not be breathing properly through the nose at night include waking up tired after a full night’s sleep or waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat or bad breath, according to Levitin.
“Millions, if not billions, of people do not breathe properly every day,” he said. “It results in inefficient sleep. It makes us feel more tired. It can also contribute to respiratory diseases, like asthma and allergies, because we don’t get rid of pathogens, germs and dust that get into the air.”
Bossick said that in his experience, covering his mouth doesn’t hurt and isn’t as uncomfortable as he thought it would be when he first heard about it. She places a piece of medical tape in the shape of an H on her lips every night.
“I think people picture this huge piece of duct tape over their mouths. They don’t,” Bossick said. “Basically, you can breathe through the sides of your mouth, but your mouth is just closed.”
She shared her own journey recording her mouth every night in a TikTok video that has over 21,000 likes.
Bossick said he sees more and more people trying to cover their mouths. After doing it consistently for three months, he said he plans to keep the technique part of his nightly routine.
“I’m a multitasker and a habit stalker,” she said. “So if I can do something in my sleep that will make me more energetic, make me feel better, and affect my facial symmetry over time and help me stay younger, I’m up for it.”