- Do you struggle to sleep well at night?
- Is your partner complaining about your snoring?
- Do you frequently suffer from inflamed tonsils and sore throat?
If yes, you may be a habitual mouth breather, a problem MYOSPOTS can help resolve.
To change the habit of mouth breathing into nasal breathing, one must learn to keep their mouth closed and breathe through their nose. It sounds easy but it needs regular training, as it involves changing tongue posture, especially its resting position in the mouth
So what is the relation between the tongue posture and breathing?
In mouth breathing the tongue sits low in order to allow for the passage of the air to the lungs though the mouth. This results in air turbulence during sleep and causes snoring. Furthermore, since the tongue sits low, it can fall back during sleep and partial or completely block the airways, resulting in sleep apnea.
On the other hand, when the tongue rests against the roof of the mouth it blocks the oral air passage to prevent breathing through the mouth and promotes nasal breathing. The elevated tongue posture also prevents the tongue from falling back during sleep to block the airways.
Myospots are small biodegradable adhesive spots that can easily adhere to the roof of the mouth. Once adhered, the Myospot will involuntarily induce your tongue to elevate and touch it, where it will start to slowly dissolve in the saliva and completely disappear after about 1 hour of extensive tongue elevation training.
Repeating this tongue elevation exercise for 2-3 times a day over 3-4 months period will result in two important outcomes:
- Your tongue posture will change from sitting low in the bottom of the mouth to resting against the roof of the mouth. This helps induce nasal breathing while awake and asleep.
- The extensive training of the tongue muscles will increase tongue muscles strength, which will reflect on improving breathing during sleep (airways will remain open and will not be blocked by the collapsing tongue muscles and soft tissue that tends to occur in weak low tongue posture), improved speech and swallowing efficiency.
How to use Myospots
Orofacial myofunctional therapy is a growing field of treatments for various conditions that involve in common facial muscle weakness and imbalances.
It involves training of tongue posture and establishing equilibrium between the tongue, lips and the cheek muscles.
Orofacial myofunctional dysfunction has been linked to a range of problems, including tongue thrust, various dental malocclusions, sleep apnea, snoring, swallowing difficulty (dysphagia), oral malocclusions and speech disorders.
Accordingly, myofunctional therapy plays now an essential role in active treatment of this range of conditions.
Importance of Tongue Exercise
Increasing tongue muscle tone and correction of tongue posture are essential components of the orofacial myofunctional therapy of a range of conditions, including tongue thrust, habitual digit sucking, mouth breathing, dysphagia, sleep apnea, snoring, speech disorders, oral malocclusions and in preventing relapse of lingual frenulum after removal of tongue-tie.
Using MYOSPOTS daily for a few months will help you increase the strength of your tongue muscles and induce the habit of nasal breathing.