Why do I always feel so tired during the day, even on those (extremely) rare occasions I manage to get a full eight hours? Every night I tell myself it'll be different. Going to bed earlier is always a good idea, but hey, I need my Netflix time.
I did a bit more research and found an easy way to improve the way I sleep is just to improve the way I breathe. Nasal breathing has been shown to be a far more beneficial way to breathe while sleeping than mouth breathing. As a matter of fact, nasal breathing is the default way healthy adults breathe while sleeping. Well my parents were right - I am special!
Nasal breathing leads to more time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is essential to health. This is the deep stage of sleep that helps you feel well rested, so the more time spent in REM sleep means the more refreshed you feel when you wake up. Yes, your body thinks having the eyes twitching back and forth is super relaxing.
There are also other emotional benefits to increasing the amount of REM sleep you get. REM sleep can help with interpreting facial expressions, decrease fear response, and lessen negative emotional reactions, helping us feel better each day. So goodbye grumpy zombie, hello functioning adult.
Nasal breathing also results in decreased upper airway resistance. That’s just a fancy way to say it's easier for air to flow through your airways if you breathe through your nose. This actually matters because this is a main factor contributing to snoring and sleep apnea. Snoring has way more consequences for my life than just waking up my boyfriend - it's linked to daytime sleepiness and even heart disease.
Beyond that, about half of snorers actually suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, which is when your airways collapse while mouth breathing, leading to periods where you are not breathing. It's basically a more severe form of snoring. You might have sleep apnea if you have been told you snore, have periods of sleep where you stop breathing, or feel tired during the day. During these episodes, there is less oxygen reaching your brain, leading to increased risk of heart disease risk and obesity.
Breathing through your nose has been shown to reduce these episodes, leading to a more restorative rest and better long-term health. And who doesn’t want to feel more refreshed?
Most people have difficulty breathing through their nose because of constriction of the nasal passageway.
Hale-Aid is an innovative product that improves nasal breathing by opening this region, making breathing through your nose much easier. Hale-Aid is also a super convenient way to enhance nasal breathing; all you have to do is pop it in and you’re instantly breathing better around the clock - nighttime included!
Say goodbye to pointless bedtime routines and sacrificed Netflix time, and hello to this super simple way to feel more refreshed every day!