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FAQs

The use of a tube of sleepQ+ by more than one person may spread infection. We suggest you purchase a separate tube for each intended user.

Q. What is sleepQ+?

A: sleepQ+ is a reversible bonding gel that helps you maintain natural nasal breathing while you sleep.

Q:  How does sleepQ+ work?
A:  
sleepQ+ works by marginally increasing resistance to the involuntarily opening of the mouth during sleep in order to maintain nasal-only breathing all night. sleepQ+ releases instantly when touched by the tongue, re-engages when the lips close again and washes off with water in the morning.

 

Q:  Does sleepQ+ seal my mouth closed?

A:  No. sleepQ+ is only applied to the central area of the lips leaving each side of your mouth free for speaking, coughing, drinking through a straw and mouth breathing when you wish.

Q:  How does sleepQ+ work if my mouth is not completely sealed?

A:  sleepQ+ controls mouth breathing without sealing the lips closed by exploiting an inherent characteristic of sphincter muscles. A sphincter muscle is a circular muscle that normally maintains constriction of a natural body passage or orifice and which relaxes as required by normal physiological functioning. The lips, one of fifty-two sphincter muscles in the human body can be held closed by controlling only a part of the whole; for example, gently pinching the central area of the lips together will effectively retain the mouth closed even though the majority of the lip area is unrestrained. Applying sleepQ+ only to the central area of the lips has the same effect and leaves mouth breathing optional through either side of the mouth.

Q:  How do I open my mouth when using sleepQ+?
A:  sleepQ+ releases instantly when the tongue is pushed into either side of the mouth and slid between the lips. sleepQ+ will also release if you open your mouth with a little more effort that usual.

Q:  Can I drink when using sleepQ+ without first disengaging my lips?
A:  Yes, by using a straw through the side of your mouth.

Q:  Can I breathe through my mouth anytime I want to while using sleepQ+?

A:  Yes, mouth breathing anytime is optional through either side of your mouth.

Q:  What do I do if I feel I am going to sneeze when I have my lips closed with sleepQ+?

A. Gently push the tip of your nose with your finger until the urge to sneeze passes or slide your tongue between your lips and enjoy the sneeze.

Q:  Can I cough when using sleepQ+?

A:  Yes, you can cough gently through either side of your mouth or slide your tongue between your lips before coughing.

Q:  If I open my mouth during the night do I need to re-apply more sleepQ+?

A:  No, just moisten the gel on your lips, close your mouth and go back to sleep.

Q: Can I use more gel if I keep waking up with my mouth open?

A: It may be necessary to apply the gel along the full length of your lower lip if you keep waking up to find it has released, especially for the first few nights or if you are a strong mouth breather. Habits take a while to change so it may take several nights to adjust to keeping your mouth closed all night.  

Q:  Can I use sleepQ+ if I have facial hair (a mustache or beard)?

A:  Yes.

Q:  Can I use lip balm or moisturizer on my lips when using sleepQ+?

A:  Yes, once you have applied the gel you can then apply lip balm or moisturizer to the outer lip area that is not in contact with sleepQ+. Be gentle; do not disturb the gel before it sets (10 to 15 minutes).

Q:  Can I use sleepQ+ if I can’t breathe through my nose?

A:  That depends on why your nose is blocked. If you have a cold, flu or allergy causing your nose to be blocked, wait until you are well and your nose is clear again before using sleepQ+. If you have long-term difficulty breathing through your nose you may have an underlying medical problem, in which case you should consult your medical professional before using sleepQ+. If your nose feels blocked or stuffy and you have no reason to believe you have an underlying medical problem you can clear your nose before applying sleepQ+ by using a saline nasal spray, a decongestant or using this simple technique:

Sit down and breathe in. Hold your breath and pinch your nostrils lightly together between your thumb and forefinger.

Nod your head gently up and down for as long as you can comfortably hold your breath and then release your fingers and resume very gentle breathing.

You may have to repeat the exercise a few times.

When your nose is clear apply sleepQ+ and continue breathing through your nose. Your nasal passages should remain clear all night. 

Q:  What are the signs of mouth breathing during sleep?

A:  Snoring, snorting and waking up with a dry mouth, dry throat, dry lips and feeling tired can be signs of mouth breathing.

Q:  If my mouth looks like it is closed when I am sleeping could I still be mouth breathing during sleep?

A:  Yes, even when your lips appear closed it is still possible you breathe through them during sleep as air needs very little space to move through.

Q:  Is it OK to use sleepQ+ every night?

A:  Yes, sleepQ+ has been tested for sensitivity and irritation reactions and found to be 100% OK for use on skin. Provided you have no adverse effects, such as skin irritation, you can use sleepQ+ as often as you wish.

Q:  Can mouth breathing cause bad breath?
A:  Yes, excessive mouth breathing, particularly during sleep, can dry out the saliva in your mouth. Saliva is necessary to moisten and cleanse the mouth by neutralizing acids produced by plaque and washing away dead cells that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. These cells decompose and can cause bad breath. 

Q:  Can mouth breathing cause dry mouth?

A:  Yes, dry mouth, also called xerostomia, may be caused by the side effects of various medications, salivary gland problems, or continuous breathing through the mouth.

Q:  Should I apply sleepQ+ to damaged or sensitive skin?

A:  No.

Q:  Can I use sleepQ+ to prevent mouth breathing or venting during CPAP therapy?

A:  Yes, sleepQ+ is ideal for using with full-face, nasal and nasal pillow CPAP masks.  sleepQ+ is a gentle and easy way to help prevent mouth breathing and venting during CPAP therapy.

Q:  What health problems are linked to excessive mouth breathing?

A:   Snoring, sleep disorders, sleep deprivation, sleep interruptions, sinusitis, sinus pressure, nasal congestion, asthma, dry mouth, dry throat, dry lips, mouth ulcers, gum disorders, post-nasal drip, bad breath (halitosis), colds and flu, tooth decay and facial abnormalities.

Q:  Does sleepQ+ work for everyone?

A:  No product works perfectly for everyone. sleepQ+ will probably not be effective for people who have an overbite, poor natural lip seal, obstructive sleep apnea or who are aggressive mouth breathers. If you buy sleepQ+ online and it does not meet your complete expectations just return the tube and we will refund your money, no questions asked. Go to Refunds & Returns for more information.

Q:  Why does mouth breathing increase the risk of snoring?

A. Mouth breathing is the root cause of snoring. When the mouth is closed the tongue rests on the roof of the mouth and breathing is only possible through the nose. When the lips part and the mouth falls open during sleep it causes the tongue to drop down and back towards the throat and airway. Obstructing the airway can produce the sound we recognize as snoring so the best way to reduce the risk of snoring is to prevent the lips from parting during sleep to maintain constant nasal breathing all night.

    Q:  If I go to sleep with my mouth closed breathing through my nose, what makes me switch to mouth breathing during the night?

    A:  When you lie down the mucous membranes in your nasal passages naturally swell up and create a resistance to nasal breathing causing that stuffy nose feeling associated with sleep. When breathing through the nose becomes more difficult we instinctively open our mouth and switch to mouth breathing. Another reason we mouth breathe during sleep is, as we age the lip and jaw muscles weaken causing the mouth to involuntarily open and switch breathing from the nose to the mouth. sleepQ+ provides that little extra resistance to the mouth involuntarily opening when you can’t consciously control it during sleep. Sleeping on the back also increases the possibility of your mouth opening because your jaw is more inclined to drop open, triggering mouth breathing, followed by snoring. Another factor that can activate mouth breathing during sleep is the changing of the nasal cycle. We usually breathe through only one nostril at a time switching from one side to the other with each cycle lasting from 1 to 4 hours. This can be the reason we sometimes feel that one side of the nose is congested and the other is clear. When we are upright the nasal cycle is not usually noticeable but when our head rests on a pillow the lower nostril can be pressed closed or obstructed by the pillow. If this is the nostril currently active we will automatically switch breathing from the nose to the mouth or change our sleeping position, perhaps to lying on our back, which means mouth breathing may continue all night. sleepQ+ will help you resist switching to mouth breathing right through the night.

    Q:  Why is my sleep calmer and more restful if I breathe through my nose all night?

    A:  We sleep in stages of 90 to 110 minutes per stage. Stage 1 and stage 2 are NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement), which is light sleep. Stages 3 and 4 are when deeper sleep begins. Stage 5 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is the deepest stage of sleep when the body restores elements of our biological system that are essential to good health. To reach stage 5 we must sleep undisturbed, passing through stages 1 to 4 where we are more easily aroused from sleep. If we are disturbed we start at stage 1 again. Mouth breathing can quickly cause the mouth to dry out, which wakes us up to drink water. Drinking water during the night has the effect of waking us up again to go to the bathroom. Then we start the sleep process again back at stage 1, which means we spend more time reaching stage 5 and less time in deep restorative sleep during our full sleep period. Constant nose breathing does not dry the mouth and helps us have calmer, more restorative sleep free from interruption. Mouth breathing also increases the risk of snoring, which can result in being woken up by a bed partner several times each night. There is nothing calm or restful about a poke in the ribs.

    Q:  Why do I often wake up with a stuffy nose and sinus pressure?

    A:  Mouth breathing increases the chance of waking up with a stuffy nose and sinus pressure. It might seem logical that mouth breathing occurs because the nose is congested, but that is not always the case. The brain of a mouth breather thinks carbon dioxide is being lost too quickly from the nose and stimulates the goblet cells to produce mucous in the nose to slow the breathing. This creates a cycle of mouth breathing triggering mucous formation, nasal passage blocking, leading to more mouth breathing. So in fact, mouth breathing can cause nasal congestion leading to more mouth breathing.
     

    Q:  Does mouth breathing increase the risk of gum problems?

    A:  Yes, mouth breathing during sleep dries out the lining of the mouth and gums where protective saliva helps the mouth and gums to stay healthy. Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria. Eventually the bacteria can get into the bones at the root of the teeth and eat them away. This latter stage is called periodontitis and is a leading cause of tooth loss in the overall population and the number one cause in seniors.

    Q:  Is nasal breathing better than mouth breathing for recovery after sport?

    A:  Yes, nasal breathing is essential for recovery because nitric oxide is produced in the nasal and sinus passages during inhalation and increases circulation, blood oxygen, carbon dioxide and PH levels, boosts lung volume and heart efficiency and regulates lactic acid that builds up during activity and causes tissue hypoxia. Mouth breathing does not produce nitric oxide. Breathing through the nose, as opposed to the mouth, also decreases water loss by more than 40% helping to maintain hydration. 

    Q:  Who makes sleepQ+?

    A: sleepQ+ is made in New Zealand by a Registered Pharmaceutical Company under contract to RespiraCorp Pty Ltd Australia.

    Q: What is sleepQ+ made from?

    A: SleepQ+ is made using ingredients similar to those used in oral products like denture adhesive, which are primarily gum based materials that have proven oral-safe for many years. 

    Q: What safety tests have been done on sleepQ+? 

    A: Two specific studies evaluating the safety of sleepQ+ for use in humans have been performed.

    Skin patch sensitivity study: This study utilized fifty-four human subjects by Cantor Research Laboratories, Inc of Blauvelt, NY, USA utilizing the principles referenced in “Appraisal of the Safety of Chemicals in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics” published by The US FDA. No adverse reactions of any kind were observed during the course of the study. It was concluded that the reversible oral adhesive gel is a “non-primary irritant” and a “non-primary sensitizer”. Cytotoxicity study: This study was performed by AMS Laboratories Pty Ltd of Silverwater, NSW, Australia according to ISO 10993-5 (2002) and AS/NZS 26961996. The reversible oral adhesive gel was found to be non-cytotoxic.

                               SLEEP GOES BETTER WITH sleepQ+