The Buteyko Experiment…
I'm sleeping with a piece of tape over my mouth.
I've done it 5 of the last 7 nights. I forgot to put the tape on for two nights in a row.
It's apparently a practice from Russia called the Buteyko Method.
To see what happens.
I don't typically snore...a fact confirmed by an app that listens for snoring/talking while I sleep. I don't have any other breathing issues but I can always use better sleep.
On Friday and Saturday I was using tape...I forgot Sunday and Monday...Tuesday I was back at it and it looks like I had 3 solid hours of deep sleep instead of the roller coaster other nights.
Not sure if it's related but will have to experiment a few days off here and there.
This article in Forbes lists some problems caused by mouth breathing...
- Dry mouth
- Bad breath
- Poor dental hygiene/gum issues
- Disordered palate and jaw growth in children
- Orthodontic problems
- Sagging (laxity) of the soft palate
- Bed partner distress from the snoring
- Daytime fatigue and lethargy from poor sleep
When I started do this I was AMAZED that this little piece of tape stayed on overnight.
Despite rolling around and occasional coughs, it stays put.
I don't expect much to happen with this one but it's weird and isn't hurting anyone so I'm in!
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