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how do I teach myself to sleep with my mouth closed?

Since I was a kid, i've pretty much always slept with my mouth wide open. Obviously i'm used to it, but this was back when i had a deviated septum/enlarged turbinates i didn't know about. I recently got surgery (3-4 weeks ago?) to improve airflow in my nose, but still sleep with my mouth open. It seems like this is just a habit that is impossible to break because it only happens when I'm unconcious. I actually fall asleep breathing through my nose, but always wake up with my mouth open (and mouth stinky). is there anything I can do to change this habit? I'm almost considering taping my mouth shut..but thats uncomfortable and who knows how long that will take
Old 04-17-2009, 04:25 PM vantastic is offline  
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Not sure if that is something you can teach yourself. It seems involuntary to me.
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I snore terrible, sounds like I am dieing haha but I also sleep with my mouth wide open when I lay on my back. I found if I just sleep on my side everything is fine, mouth stays shut, I dont even snore.
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Not sure if that is something you can teach yourself. It seems involuntary to me.
I have to agree.
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Maybe some sort of headgear that holds your jaw closed? I'm imagining a thing that looks kind of like the spandex balaclava I wear for cycling in the winter.

Anyway, this seems like something you could ask a doctor of some sort about. I think there may even be doctors that specialize in issues related to sleep.
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I'd say it is in fact something you can teach yourself. How exactly, i do not know. People adept in yoga and other such practices are generally more capable of exerting control over their body than whats considered normal. Perhaps thats something to look into.

I'm sure it's possible to train yourself to sleep with your mouth closed, but i doubt anyone here would be able to tell you how.
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use a chin strap. here at the sleep clinic i work at, we tend to use those when patient cannot sleep with their mouths shut.
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Is there any advantage to sleeping with your mouth closed? I sleep with it open as well, and I don't have any problems that I know of (other than a really, really, reeeeaaaaallllllly dry mouth some mornings).
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Also, sleeping with your mouth closed won't make it any less "ripe" in the mornings.
The only issue I would worry about is that if you do something to force your mouth closed while you sleep, if you have any sort of nasal issues during the night it might become a bad situation. The flexible chin straps are usually the best plan, just be prepared for the effects on your hair overnight.
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I sleep on my side holding a second pillow where part is under my chin and pushes my mouth closed.. I dont sleep like that to keep my mouth closed tho I do for other reasons but doing so may help in your situation.
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Is there any advantage to sleeping with your mouth closed? I sleep with it open as well, and I don't have any problems that I know of (other than a really, really, reeeeaaaaallllllly dry mouth some mornings).

Sleeping with your mouth open dries out your teeth and oral tissues and can accelerate tooth decay/other oral probs -- dentists will often encourage mouth-breathing patients to address the problem with an ENT/allergist since dry mouth can screw so much up. Also, an open mouth makes you much more likely to snore since the air moves your soft palate a lot, if you share a bed and care about such things.

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Is there any advantage to sleeping with your mouth closed? I sleep with it open as well, and I don't have any problems that I know of (other than a really, really, reeeeaaaaallllllly dry mouth some mornings).

thats exactly why i dont like it...the dryness is REALLY bad during the winter

i think i might try to do something fancy with the pillows though..
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There's a technique I use which involves keeping the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth while you sleep.

It aids breathing through the nose and creates a seal so it keeps your lips together.
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Sleeping with your mouth open dries out your teeth and oral tissues and can accelerate tooth decay/other oral probs -- dentists will often encourage mouth-breathing patients to address the problem with an ENT/allergist since dry mouth can screw so much up. Also, an open mouth makes you much more likely to snore since the air moves your soft palate a lot, if you share a bed and care about such things.

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oh shit, haven't seen you post in a long time, Beth. how are you doing?
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how did the surgery go?

I am really considering having one for my dev. septum. I am cranky as hell all the time because i never get a normal nights rest.
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