8. What you do during waking hours carries over into sleep. Any opportunity for mouth breathing inhaling or exhaling will increase the chances of mouth breathing during waking and sleep. Hospital studies have established that nocturnal mouth breathing is a primary cause of loud snoring. Snoring is a precursor to sleep apnea and apnea a precursor to low cellular oxygen, almost any illness including heart attacks and dying in one’s sleep.

http://www.breathing.com/articles/nose-breathing.htm

 as i encourage clients to breathe through their nose for exercise benefits i’ve wondered how much impact intentional practice of nose breathing throughout our day would have on nose breathing while we sleep.  according to the above article and professional research, in fact, with practice we can learn and develop the habit of nose breathing. the above article gives many benefits through nose breathing and detriments to mouth breathing.  to no avail i tried to find a friend or family member who would lend me a picture sleeping with their mouth open.  i thought that might be motivation to practice nose breathing. so maybe have someone you trust take a picture of yourself while you are sleeping. if there is no one you trust then maybe the above article itself will provide you with motivation to practice nose breathing and develop this simple healthy habit that will carry over into your sleep.  then maybe you can have your sleeping beauty picture taken by anyone…..

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