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How do you stop mouth breathing?

Postby bopfletch » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:01 am

Ok, so last night I kept waking up breathing out of my mouth. I would go to sleep breathing through my nose, but when I woke up the air was rushing in my nose and out of my mouth. I suspect this defeats the purpose of the CPAP if you are essentially releasing the pressure through your mouth.

I have the swift nasal pillows. When I got them I asked the RT about mouth breathing, and she told me that a lot of people are able to train themselves to breath from there nose instead of mouth.

So does anyone have any good pointers on how to "train" yourself to breath through your nose?

When i am conscious, I do it no problem, but how to I teach my unconscious self to keep my mouth shut?
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Re: How do you stop mouth breathing?

Postby Daniel » Wed Oct 20, 2010 9:35 am

bopfletch wrote:Ok, so last night I kept waking up breathing out of my mouth. I would go to sleep breathing through my nose, but when I woke up the air was rushing in my nose and out of my mouth. I suspect this defeats the purpose of the CPAP if you are essentially releasing the pressure through your mouth.

I have the swift nasal pillows. When I got them I asked the RT about mouth breathing, and she told me that a lot of people are able to train themselves to breath from there nose instead of mouth.

So does anyone have any good pointers on how to "train" yourself to breath through your nose?

When i am conscious, I do it no problem, but how to I teach my unconscious self to keep my mouth shut?


In the distant past, before full face masks...........we had to teach ourselves how to breathe through our noses only..............probably the best tip (and one that I use every night) is to place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth (just behind your front teeth), just before you go asleep, and try keeping it there. This action can usually keep you from opening your mouth.

In the morning time, when I awaken I often find that my tongue is still on the roof of my mouth.

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Postby dreamlady » Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:29 pm

I have only been using CPAP for about a month. In the beginning, I would wake up quite a bit with air coming out my mouth, or with my mouth full of air, but closed (bet I looked like a puffer-fish!). That seems to happen less as time goes on. Now I might wake up once during the night due to opening my mouth, if that. That also reflects in my daily AHI, which went from an average of 6.6 in the first 19 days, to now being under 2 every night for the past week and a half.

I also notice that on nights when I don't wake up, my tongue is plastered to my front teeth when I wake up. So I agree with Daniel. Make a conscious effort to keep you tongue from falling down and back, and that will gradually get better. Now that Daniel mentioned it, I realize I do place my tongue on the roof of my mouth toward my teeth to go to sleep!
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Postby sleland » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:01 pm

If you cannot "train" yourself, try a chin strap - there are many available online. Or you can use a wide self adhesive ACE bandage. There are other things available to keep you mouth closed as well. Do a search online and you'll come up with some options.
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Postby jerryhinton » Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:40 pm

I always snored really loud with my mouth open. After the second night of being woke up with the air "rushing" out of my mouth - I adjusted and rarely open my mouth although I do recall the puffer cheeks on occasion. I like the tongue on the roof of your mouth idea - that's what I seem to be doing as well. PS No snoring at all now - the neighbors spent all that money on insulation for nothing. ;-)
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Re: Mouth Breather

Postby Linda » Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:42 pm

jerryhinton wrote: ..... PS No snoring at all now - the neighbors spent all that money on insulation for nothing. ;-)


Funny!


I did the tongue-to-roof-of-mouth thing too. Also, if I wake in the night to find my mouth filling with air like a balloon, I consciously make a big puff, puffing out the air. That kind of makes a vacuum affect, and the tongue goes straight to its position, then I go back to sleep. Might be good to do that before going to sleep, just a thought.


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Re: How do you stop mouth breathing?

Postby beachgal » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:32 pm

Hi,

The mouth breathing was happening to me too. Then when I would shut my mouth I would get air "leaking" into my mouth and coming out with very odd sounds. Kinda embarrassing! Anyway, yes, the tongue on the roof of the mouth trick works and after time seems to have become almost an involuntary response. I've only been on CPAP for about a month and the mouth breathing and mouth "leaks" are becoming almost non-exsistant. If you have to get something to keep your mouth closed while sleeping I'm sure you'll get used to it.

Hang in there!!
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Postby gondrej » Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:41 am

I started CPAP in July and also have had this problem. I do not normally breath through my mouth, but it seems when I sleep my lip parted just enough to release pressure and air would gush from my mouth. Someone recommended using denture adhesive to "glue" my lips together. I tried it and it worked. At first I used way too much then learned a little dab will do it.
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Postby LTee43 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:34 pm

It takes a while for your body to "trust" having you breathe through your nose if you've been a mouth breather for a long time. I've heard it takes a week or two to adapt, I seem to have fallen right into it quickly. I still do wake up once in a while and catch myself mouth breathing. I just change position, jockey the mask if it wasn't sealing enough and go back to sleep.

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Postby Dianne » Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:44 pm

My Mother trained me to place my tongue behind my front teeth when I was young. It worked then, but as I aged and developed apnea my jaw slacked, and tongue would slump.

I'm not able to keep my tongue in that position unless I use a chin strap.
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