If you snore and mouth breathe at night, you may want to know if you can control, or possibly stop, both problems from happening to you. Snoring and mouth breathing can both be signs of sleep apnea. Obstructions in your nasal passages can also make your snore and mouth breathe. You can control how you snore and mouth breathe at night by trying the tips below.
Raise Your Head at Night
Snoring and mouth breathing are common respiratory problems for adults and children. Many things can cause both problems to occur in people, including being overweight, having a deviated septum, and experiencing a cold or an upper respiratory illness. People who lie flat on their backs in bed may also snore or mouth breathe.
If you fall into any of these categories above, try raising your head and keeping your upper body relaxed at night. Keeping your head raised can help open up the passageways in your head and chest. Sleeping with your head raised may also keep your mouth from opening during sleep.
If your snoring or mouth breathing gets worse, considering using a full face CPAP mask at night.
Wear a Full Face CPAP Mask
Doctors often prescribe CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks and machines to people who suffer from sleep apnea. However, the masks and equipment may also help control snoring and mouth breathing in some people.
CPAP masks come in many forms and types, including full face, mouth, and nasal. In order to prescribe the correct face mask to you, a doctor will need to evaluate your respiratory system. If you have enlarged nasal passages, a deviated septum, or sinus infection that causes you to snore and mouth breathe, a doctor may use a full face CPAP mask to help you sleep better at night. If you mouth breathe more than you snore, a doctor may ask you to use a CPAP mask for your mouth.
If your nose or throat tends to dry out when you snore or mouth breathe, a doctor may ask you to attach a humidifier to your CPAP machine and mask. The humidifier will keep your nasal passages and mouth moist during the night. You can also use a stand-alone or portable dehumidifier to keep your bedroom comfortable.
If you're tired of snoring and breathing out of your mouth at night, contact a medical equipment and supply company or a doctor about CPAP masks and equipment today.