61% of adults over 18 suffer from poor sleep because they breathe through the mouth.

A survey published on March 9, 2015 of 1,001 American adults showed 61% of respondents identify themselves as mouth breathers. According to the survey data, 71% of beds across America are host to a mouth breather.

The most common signs of mouth breathing reported were being woken by nighttime nasal congestion (75%) waking up with a dry mouth (61%), and snoring (37%). The survey found that mouth breathing impacts the quality of sleep (64%) nearly as much as stress (69%). Further, mouth breathing impacts sleep more than a partner’s snoring (53%), noise (52%), and an irregular sleep schedule (51%).

Mouth Breathing doesn’t stay on one side of the bed. Poor sleep can have a dramatic impact on energy, concentration, and mood the next day and often can affect the sleep of a bed partner.

The majority of respondents believe their (76%) or their partner’s (63%) mouth breathing has had a significant negative impact on how well they slept, and according to the survey, more than 6 in 10 had mentioned their mouth breathing to their partner.

Additional survey findings include: Of mouth breathers surveyed, 54% reported they did not get a good night’s sleep the night before, 56% reported they wake up at least two times each night due to mouth breathing and nearly three-quarters of participants who share a bed with a mouth breather said they are woken up at least once per night by their partner’s mouth breathing. 59% of respondents sleep next to a mouth breather and 47% believe it impacts their ability to get a good night’s sleep.

This survey was sponsored by GSK, the makers of Breathe Right Nasal Strips and conducted by KRC Research between February 9 and February 12, 2015. The survey was conducted among 1,001 American adults 18 and older.

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