Any sleep disruptions will make insomnia harder to manage, as getting back to sleep can take longer than getting to sleep in the first place. Breathing through the mouth, especially during the first 20 minutes of light sleep, can slow your transition into deep restorative sleep that is vital to restoring body and mind.
Mouth breathing can lead to a number of sleep disorders, including snoring, sleep apnea, asthma, nasal and sinus allergies and insomnia.
A sleep study of 1,001 American adults found that more than 60% habitually breathe through their mouth while sleeping and mouth breathing disrupted their sleep more than anything except stress. (GSK, 2015)
Insomnia is a sleep disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep and leads to daytime sleepiness and a general feeling of being unwell, both mentally and physically. Unhealthy sleep habits, mental and medical conditions, specific substances and certain biological factors can cause insomnia.
There are different types of insomnia:
- difficulty falling asleep at the beginning of the night.
- waking up during the night and having difficulty returning to sleep.
- triggered by a life event which often resolves after a brief period without any treatment.
- having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for at least three nights per week for three months or longer.
Lack of sleep can lead to many health problems
The brain function is impaired, affecting every process in our bodies including our ability to consolidate what we have learnt the previous day (memory).
Poor sleep quality also affects reaction time similar to the way alcohol does, which can lead to accidents.
Sleep deprivation can create havoc on our hormonal system. The body over-produces the stress hormone cortisol, which can then break down cortisol in the skin. Over time, it can effectively put years on your face by adding under-eye bags and fine wrinkles.
Unbalanced hormones can also lead to a low libido and an inability to recognize facial expressions and body language.
Appetite is also affected by sleep deprivation and can eventually lead to obesity and diabetes. The hormones involved in stimulating appetite, ghrelin, are increased, and leptin, which is responsible for suppressing appetite, is reduced.
How to control Mouth Breathing during sleep?
After several years of Research & Development sleepQ+ has been created to gently and safely help you maintain constant nasal breathing all night.
When children breathe through their mouths during the day chances are that they also breathe through their mouths at night. Mouth breathing at night is directly connected to altered levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood stream. When less oxygen is able to reach the brain, learning and the ability to focus at school becomes a problem for many children.