For better sleep: should you sleep with your mouth taped shut?

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Because a number of problems can be “taped away,” the “Mouth Taping” fad promises healthier and higher-quality sleep. The concept is to seal the mouth with adhesive tape before bed so breathing is only possible through the nose. There are now even special mouth patches, also known as “sleep strips” or “sleep tape.” However, a porous adhesive tape from the first aid kit will also do.

What benefits can you get from “mouth taping”?
The healthy effects are said to extend to snoring behavior, the immune system and even mood. Proponents of the sleep practice claim the following benefits:

faster falling asleep
deeper sleep
fewer allergies
healthy weight loss
stronger immune system
regulated blood pressure
improved mood
improved concentration and memory
less frequent headaches, relief from migraines
less bad breath

Celebrities already swear by the practice.
Some celebrities have also long been devotees of the practice. They include Hollywood wellness guru, Gwyneth Paltrow, top model Ashley Graham and even soccer star Erling Haaland. All three are convinced of the health benefits and revealed in interviews and on social media that they can no longer do without.

Is breathing through your nose healthier?
Breathing through the nose is healthier than breathing through the mouth. The mucous membranes of the nose are equipped with quite a few cilia that filter bacteria, dirt and dust particles from the air. So, air breathed through the nose is “cleaner” than air breathed through the mouth.
The brain also benefits from nasal breathing. A Swedish study recently confirmed that people who breathe through their nose are supplied with up to 10 percent more oxygen. As a result, the subjects were able to remember objects better. So it’s worth a try.

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