Let's continue to look at the modern state of our mouths.
Sleep apnea is now a BILLION dollar global health problem.
Who has a family member that snores, mouth breathes or grinds their teeth? What about restless sleep, sleepwalking, bedwetting, night terrors, or insomnia? Each of these could underlie a breathing issue that prevents deep restorative sleep.
Did you know long term snoring is heavily linked to heart attacks, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia?
Today we’re (sleep) walking into an epidemic of sleep apnoea.
The reason is that we completely missed the early warning signs.
1)When jaw doesn’t develop correctly, that means the airways are also smaller. Crooked teeth indicate a small cramped airway.
2) Soft tissues and muscles can be trained to support the airway. The tongue the most complex muscular system in the body and acts as your airway support during sleep. When you don’t posture the tongue correctly in the day, you don’t do it at night, and snoring may ensue.
3) Breathing patterns take time to support calm, restorative sleep. The brain becomes accustomed to how you breathe, and the idea of breathing through the nose makes many people feel like they will suffocate.
The rise of breathwork in the forms of Yoga, and techniques like Buteyko all help people to reconnect to their breath. Your body can go weeks without food, days without water, and minutes without air.
Restorative deep sleep requires breathing patterns that allow the autonomic nervous system to relax so that the brain can move through cycles of Non-REM to REM sleep. If you have crooked teeth, low tongue posture, or recessive jaw patterns, you may lie in the risk zone for sleep apnoea.
Picking up the warning signs is key, and a mouth-body approach may mean you don’t have to sleep with a machine (CPAP) or device for the rest of your life.
How do your teeth tell you how you’re breathing?