Why TikTok trend of mouth taping while you sleep can be dangerous

Why TikTok trend of mouth taping while you sleep can be dangerous

A new trend is being promoted on the social media platform TikTok.

It has people taping their lips shut at bedtime, a practice that could be dangerous.

The purpose of mouth taping is to keep from breathing through your mouth at night.

People with the sleep disorder tend to stop breathing repeatedly during the night.

More than 1 billion adults worldwide between the ages of 30 and 69 likely have the condition.

Anyone interested in this trend should first be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea.

Once obstructive sleep apnea is ruled out, then you can call it snoring and address it with safer options.

These include nasal strips, nasal dilators and mouth throat and tongue exercises.

Reasons for mouth-taping trend include trying to achieve beauty sleep. However, there is a lack of evidence to prove this theory.