Better Sleeping with Better Breathing also improves dental health
The importance of clear, nasal breathing for good overall health, cannot be underestimated.From childhood and into adulthood, the quality of breathing has a direct impact on the quality of life and healthy development.
Ivohealth is the proud stockist of a product called MyoTape. A specialist tape designed to help restore full-time nasal breathing during wakefulness and sleep. Nasal breathing improves dental health and the healthy development of the airway… while also supporting total health of the body.
Designed by Patrick McKeowen, internationally renowned breathing coach and author of The Oxygen Advantage, MyoTape is made from a soft material that stretches easily. It does not cover the mouth, instead, it surrounds the mouth, gently bringing the lips together. Once in place, the tape stimulates the skin, triggering a neurological response in the muscles of the face. This ‘reminds’ you to close your mouth and teaches the brain to switch dominance to nasal breathing when the lips are gently held together. You are still able to open your mouth and communicate easily, eliminating any possible anxiety.
Nasal Breathing filters, warms and humidifies inhaled air and increases nitric oxide in the airways which is important for the proper functioning of the blood vessels in the lungs. It also has proven antiviral and antibacterial properties.
A new scientific review into viral load in COVID-19 states that “sealing the mouth during sleep, reduces common colds and may decrease viral load allowing the immune system more time to mount an effective antiviral response” (Martel et al. 2020).
Mouth breathing is a habit common to around 50% of children. It is caused by airway obstruction or a small airway and can be triggered by swollen adenoids and tonsils or allergies and a stuffy nose. When a child breathes through the mouth at night, the result is a serious condition called sleep-disordered breathing, which shows up as snoring and sleep apnoea. It negatively affects physical and mental wellbeing, and causes serious developmental issues in children, both physically and cognitively. In infants, sleep-disordered breathing has been linked to cases of cot death. The fact is, no child should ever snore.
In order to resolve their child’s sleep problems, many parents resort to removal of the adenoids and tonsils. But the truth is, this is only an effective long-term solution in 27% of children. In fact; top sleep expert Dr. Christian Guilleminault went as far as to state that: “Restoration of nasal breathing during wake and sleep, may be the only valid end point when treating sleep apnoea.”