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Study Finds Mouth Breathing Linked To Nasal Congestion And Sleep Issues

Research reveals health problems and sleep disturbances among mouth breathers, highlighting the importance of nasal breathing.

A study of 2,000 adults found 13 percent typically breathe through their mouths, and this increases to 18 percent when asleep. But of these, nearly one in three (31 percent) admitted they experience nasal congestion often. In comparison, just 15 percent of those who breathe through their noses feel bunged up regularly.


It also emerged that as a result of these regular stuffy noses, 38 percent are being kept up at night. The research was commissioned by Olbas, which has teamed up with Dr Roger Henderson, a GP of over 30 years. 


“Breathing through your mouth can cause several health issues compared to when you breathe more healthily through your nose. Mouth breathing can cause less oxygen to be delivered to the body and one of the problems this can cause is disturbed sleep and increased daytime fatigue and tiredness,” said Dr Roger Henderson.


“It also causes the mouth to dry out, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. There may also be an increased risk of upper airway infections as well as inflammation of the tonsils and adenoids. Nasal obstruction is a common reason for mouth breathing, often caused by nasal allergies or enlarged adenoids,” he added.


The research also found, of those who experience regular nasal congestion, 64 per cent are getting blocked noses. While one in three are getting runny noses, and 31 per cent are even having sinus pressure and pain.


Meanwhile, another 31 percent have found breathing difficult as a result. Nasal sprays, steam inhalation and decongestants are the most popular remedies people are turning to as they attempt to relieve their congestion.


However, as a result of being regularly bunged up 37 percent have been kept awake at night and 30 percent have found it difficult to nod off. In addition, this has then caused tiredness throughout the day for 28 percent.


The research, which was conducted via OnePoll, also found those who are breathing through their mouths are having worse sleep compared to those who do not. With 56 percent of mouth breathers claiming their quality of sleep is good, compared to 68 percent of those who predominantly breathe through their nose.


“To help reduce mouth breathing and nasal congestion, use a saline spray or nasal decongestant, sleep on your back with an extra pillow to prop up your head and help promote nasal breathing. Try to keep your house as free of allergens as possible and consciously practice breathing through your nose during the day to help train yourself into a habit of nasal breathing,” said Dr. Roger Henderson.


“It’s clear that breathing through your mouth is causing Brits more issues when it comes to nasal congestion. This in turn is having a detrimental impact on their day-to-day life as they struggle with health conditions. This is why we developed our range with a mixture of plant oils, to help unblock stuffy and congested noses,” said Claire Campbell, from Olbas.

Produced in association with SWNS Talker

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