Have you seen this new 'health' trend that's all over TikTok? People are taping their mouths shut while they sleep, and are claiming that it has lots of health benefits. Doctors and experts, however, are advising people not to do it.
It's not a brand new idea, but it's trending right now. And some people swear by it. There are risks though, so most doctors DON'T suggest it.
Nose breathing does have some health benefits. Mainly, it also produces more nitric oxide, which widens your blood vessels and helps circulate oxygen through your body.
Most experts say forcing yourself to breathe through your nose isn't good though. It could be dangerous if you get congested in your sleep. And having your mouth taped shut might be an issue if you have to PUKE in the middle of the night.
It might also make sleep apnea worse, and up your risk for things like heart disease and stroke. One doctor also pointed out it's not great for your lips either. The skin is delicate, so you shouldn't be ripping tape off them every day.