How it works
Here are the top reasons why sleepYstrip® helps you to breathe better while you sleep:
- It encourages nasal breathing
This slows down the flow of air, making it harder to snore, and helps to reduce or stop snoring. It also helps to mix air with nitric oxide (1) which is produced in your sinuses. This helps clean the air and keep your airways open.
- It assists your immune system
Nose breathing has well documented health benefits, including reducing symptoms of hay-fever, allergy, and fewer respiratory infections. The nose filters the air, thus fewer airborne allergens such as dust mites will be inhaled through the nose, compared to through the mouth.
- It helps with cellular oxygenation
Since the nose offers more resistance to the flow of air than your mouth, you are more likely to breathe the correct volume of air in a given time (Minute Volume). This can lead to better cellular oxygenation, due to better carbon dioxide to oxygen ratios. This is called The Bohr Effect. Snoring is usually a form of hyperventilation which means you are probably breathing too much air for your level of activity while you sleep. Normalising these ratios may assist with reducing sleep apnoea (2-4).
- It may help reduce airway inflammation
The nose is very vascular so it can help get the air closer to body temperature and humidify it. Cold, dry air can be irritable for your airways.
- High nitric oxide production in human paranasal sinuses. Lundberg JO, Farkas-Szallasi T, Weitzberg E, Rinder J, Lidholm J, Anggaard A, Hokfelt T, Lundberg JM, Alving K. Nat Med 1995 April; 1 (4): 370-3.
- Is chronic hyperventilation syndrome a risk factor for sleep apnea?’ Coffee JC. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2006; 10: Part 1,134–146; Part 2, 166-174.
- Low-concentration carbon dioxide is an effective adjunct to positive airway pressure in the treatment of refractory mixed central and obstructive sleep-disordered breathing. Thomas RJ, Daly RW and Weiss JW. Sleep 2005; 28: 12–13.
- Alteration in obstructive apnea pattern induced by changes in oxygen and carbon-dioxide-inspired concentrations. Hudgel DW, Hendricks C and Dadley A. Am Rev Respir Dis. July, 1988; 138(1) 16–9.