‘Mouth-closing tape’ attached to the mouth to prevent breathing with the mouth open while sleeping and to breathe only through the nose is spreading.
Since the second half of last year, movie stars Lee Sun-kyun, Choi Woo-shik and comedian Song Eun-i, etc. introduced their experiences on TV, sparking a fuse in the popularity of silence tapes, and the number of users rapidly increased as users posted their experiences on blogs and social networking services (SNS). are doing Broadcasters and retailers are surprised that ‘silence tape’ is not a sponsored product, but after being briefly introduced on TV, the number of users continues to increase, not just as a ‘glitter effect’.
Mouth-closing tape fever is not a sudden phenomenon in Korea. It was known as a lifestyle therapy in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and the number of users is increasing thanks to the media environment that emphasizes experiences around the world. If you search for ‘Mouth Tape’ on Amazon, about 200 products are introduced, and one product has 7,300 reviews. There are over 100 videos related to mouth tapes on YouTube. Health information websites such as Everyday Health and Healthline in the US also featured ‘silence tape’ as a special feature.
Mouth-blocking tapes made in China by Japanese companies have been imported from Korea for several years, but there were problems such as mouth tapes falling off easily when sleeping, and skin problems when taking them off after sleeping.
But last year in Korea, unlike Japanese-made tape, a product that can be easily attached and peeled off without irritation, made of a special material with good ventilation, was introduced, and celebrities are spreading their experiences on TV.
The effects of the silencer tape are various, such as reduced snoring, relieved symptoms of rhinitis, a good night’s sleep, and improved physical condition the next day, but the medical community is divided on its effectiveness.
Dr. Marc Bruchen, an American sleep expert, said, “The mouth-closing tape improves the quality of sleep and balances beneficial bacteria in the oral cavity, so it is an important tool for health, like a toothbrush. “Eating 1,000 chocolates and not brushing your teeth is just as bad for your health.”
On the other hand, Dr. Kathy Lee, a leader in sleep apnea surgery, was skeptical, saying, “There is no evidence that there is no benefit from increased nasal breathing by using a masking tape while sleeping.” Some doctors claim that the risk of side effects such as skin troubles and breathing problems is high.
However, Internet article comments or shopping mall reviews have many advantages. Compared to hospital treatment, such as surgery and wearing a positive pressure device, it is easier to try, and the effect is surprisingly large. Another advantage is that you can easily quit if it doesn’t suit you. Then, why can this simple method have the effect of giving a good night’s sleep to many people and raising their physical condition?
Advocates of silencing tape claim that the tape prevents mouth breathing and promotes nasal breathing. According to a paper published in the international scientific journal NeuroReport in 2013, oral respiration does not supply adequate oxygen to organs such as the brain and heart, causing high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, exacerbating asthma, and brain function including cognitive function. may be weakened.
The Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden experimented with changes in breathing through the mouth and breathing through the nose, and announced the results of a study suggesting that breathing through the mouth can cause memory problems. Steven Park, an otolaryngologist in New York, USA, explained, “Mouth breathing increases the stress response, and a lot of stress is just as damaging to your health as sleeping less.”
Advocates say that sleeping with tape on your mouth lubricates the nostrils to prevent dry nasal passages, moistens inhalation to keep the lungs healthy, balances acid-base in the mouth to prevent tooth decay, dry mouth, and gingivitis, and oxidizes It is claimed that by increasing the inhalation of nitrogen, it helps brain function and heart health, improves the level of oxygen saturation in the blood, and reduces the degree of snoring.
However, opponents argue that too much stuffy nose has little effect and can cause breathing difficulties. They recommend that you go to the hospital if there is a change in the skin around the lips and mouth, or if a thick residue is found on the tape the next morning. . They say that the masking tape may interfere with sleep. Doctors are also opposed to some companies that market the masking tape as a panacea. In 2009, in Respiratory Medicine, a paper was published stating that there was insufficient evidence that the masking tape controls asthma.
It can be dangerous for babies. Most adults can unwittingly remove the tape when choking, but children may not. British otolaryngologist Professor Nermal Kumar told the BBC that “silence taping is recommended from at least 5 years old, and the tape should not be applied directly over the lips.”
By Choi Seung-sik, staff reporter [email protected]
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