“Tape your mouth with micropore tape at night while you sleep”.
When I say this to people I usually get two responses.
The first group is those that have tried it and are amazed at how something so simple can make such a difference. The more I learn about nasal breathing the more impressed I am with how important it is. Filtering and humidifying the air before it enters our lungs; helping balance out body chemistry by buffering the acid-alkali balance; stimulating the production of nitric oxide which is not only antimicrobial but also expands blood vessels, improves circulation, reduces clotting and plaque growth. Nitric oxide production occurs in the nasal passages ONLY when you breathe through your nose, so use it or lose it.
The second group finds it difficult. There can be many reasons for this and requires consultation with a specialist to determine what the issues are. One reason could be a deviation of the septum or obstruction of the nasal passages or sinuses, enlarged tonsils or adenoids. There may be food sensitivities which cause the inflammation of the upper airway making it difficult to breathe through your nose.
Food sensitivities are common. The classic allergic response activates a part of the immune system (immunoglobulin E or IgE) which reacts quickly and in extreme case results in anaphylactic shock. There is a delayed immune response (immunoglobulin G or IgG) which may take hours or even days to take effect and so make detection a challenge. If you are sensitive to one food it is highly likely you are cross-reactive to others.
Another very common issue is dust mites or molds which also cause an inflammatory response.
Taping is actually self-regulating. While sitting reading or watching TV try putting the tape on. Stay calm and breathe slowly. The irony is that a nose that was blocked when you breathed through your nose, unblocks after 1-2 minutes as you breathe through your nose. This occurs because of the correction of body chemistry and production of nitric oxide and the benefits continue throughout the night.
Remember when removing the tape, don’t pull it off. After a few days, your lips will be sore. Just poke your tongue out and gently remove
If the nose remains blocked or its uncomfortable, gently remove the tape and explore what going on. Breathe well; Be well. I’ve written more about micropore tape here. I also discussed the importance of breathing on Unstress with Rosalba Courtney and Patrick McKeown.