Breathing Through Your Nose While Sleeping

Breathing through your nose can actually improve the quality of sleep that you have. It also has a number of other great health benefits compared to mouth breathing.


2/3/20234 min read

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, dying for a drink of water with a dry mouth? That would be because you were breathing out of your mouth...

Mouth breathing dries out your mouth, sometimes waking you up so that you can drink water, disrupting our all important sleep. Nose breathing can also help you get into a deeper sleep because your body isn't having to worry about waking up for water.

Dry mouths allow bacteria to grow which can cause you to get sick more frequently. Not only that, it can disfigure your teeth alignment and your jaw, mouth breathers tend to have longer faces (Like in the image below).

Nose Breathing VS Mouth Breathing - The Science

woman in blue and white floral shirt lying on brown wooden floor
woman in blue and white floral shirt lying on brown wooden floor

Why Nose Breathing is Better, it...

  • Improves Oxygenation: Nose breathing increases the amount of oxygen that reaches your lungs and bloodstream. This is because the nose filters, warms and moistens the air before it reaches your lungs, ensuring a smoother delivery of oxygen.

  • Boosts the Immune System: The nose is equipped with tiny hairs (cilia) and mucus membranes that help to filter out impurities, bacteria, and viruses before they reach the lungs. This helps to boost the immune system and reduce the risk of respiratory infections.

  • Regulates Breathing: When you breathe through your nose, it slows down the breathing rate and helps to regulate breathing patterns. This is especially important during sleep, where it can help to reduce snoring and improve sleep quality.

  • Reduces Stress: Nose breathing has been shown to reduce stress levels by slowing down the breathing rate and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for promoting relaxation and reducing stress.

  • Improves Overall Health: By promoting proper oxygenation, filtering out impurities, and reducing stress, nose breathing can help to improve overall health and reduce the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular problems.

You will see some changes to your sleep and breathing after just a week of trying to sleep with your mouth taped shut! Not having to worry about water and slowly reversing the mouth breathing effects will truly improve not only your sleep but your everyday well-being as well! Let us know how you go!

How Nose breathing helps sleep....

Breathing is a fundamental aspect of human life, but not all breathing is created equal. In fact, the way we breathe can have a significant impact on our overall health and well-being. In this article, we will explore why nose breathing is the better option compared to mouth breathing.

Nobody wants any of those negatives when it can be so simple to fix do they?

That all can be reversed or prevented through changing to nose breathing. Nose breathing provides heated and filtered air that is easier for the body to extract oxygen from.

The improvement in quality of air and not being woken up by your throat because it has turned into the Sahara Desert will drastically improve your quality of sleep allowing you to feel refreshed and well rested!

Image Source: The Breathe Institute

What's the solution?

To fix mouth breathing, you simply have to start breathing through your nose. While sleeping it makes it difficult because you can't force yourself to breathe through your nose so the most common solution is to cover your mouth with tape while you sleep.

We've tried it and it works! Just find a tape that is soft on skin (because you'll be taking it off everyday) but strong enough to keep your mouth shut while sleeping.

We recommend using primatape.

We don't recommend trying this if you have any pre-existing breathing conditions.

What if your nose is always blocked?

We know keeping your nose unblocked can be a tough task but these suggestions might help you keep your nose unblocked...

  • If you have allergies, avoid eating those foods

  • Keeping your bedroom clean from dust and dirt by regularly cleaning it

  • Using menthol drops like the 'Rocket Fuel' drops, just a couple of drops of those before bed will really help clear your nose instantly!

  • And lastly....

Humidifiers and what to avoid...

Humidifiers are great because not only do they help moisten the air so your nose doesn't dry out throughout the night, but you can also add in other essential oils to add in extra benefits while you sleep! These are our biggest recommendation when it comes to keeping your nose clear so you can breathe in peace!

We have found a few on Amazon that we recommend, they're easy to use and easy to set up plus they don't take up much room in your bedroom!

You should also try and avoid anything that will dry your nose out. For example, fans that are blowing onto your face or even in the room can sometimes dry out your nose. The humidifiers will help prevent that from happening but sometimes they can't do much to prevent it.