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Well, Shut My Mouth! For Better Sleep

Saw this ad in my Facebook stream and wondered what this person was doing! So I checked it out and decided there was actually merit to it. And then, had to try it myself, but not forking out actual money for the product when I have a perfectly good roll of packing tape on hand!

I prefer sleeping on my side but my right shoulder hurts after a while so I switch to my left side until my left hip hurts too much, and next thing I’m on my back and you know what happens then! I have actually woken myself up with my own snoring, had such a dry mouth upon waking that my upper lip tore when I pulled it off my front tooth. 

So, I used a strip of packing tape trimmed to an appropriate size for several nights. The first thing that happens when applied is the need to yawn about 10 times. Now that piece won’t stick anymore. Each length of packing tape can be spit in two and hung near the bed (my lamp works well) for reapplications if needed.

I find I am not waking up as many times a night, therefore I’m getting better sleep and feeling more rested in the mornings. It’s a little weird to get used to, but I think it is worth it. I know it looks really goofy but how much is a good night’s sleep worth? 

There are other less expensive brands but they look a little different. Read on to see the claims of the advertisers.

From the ad:

Mouth breathing has serious implications, particularly during sleep–it often leads to:

  • open-mouth snoring
  • worsened sleep quality for non-snorers
  • non-compliance with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or oral appliances for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers.

Fortunately a solution is here: SomniFix Strips gently hold the mouth closed to direct airflow through the nose, reducing snores, improving sleep, and improving compliance with CPAP and oral appliances.

Snore CPAP sleep device mouth breathing nasal prevention mouth taping somnifix sleep apnea dry deep
Snore CPAP sleep device mouth breathing nasal prevention dry mouth taping somnifix deep sleep apnea
Snore CPAP sleep device mouth breathing nasal prevention dry mouth taping somnifix deep sleep apnea
Snore CPAP sleep device mouth breathing nasal prevention dry mouth taping somnifix deep sleep apnea
Snore CPAP sleep device mouth breathing nasal prevention dry mouth taping somnifix deep sleep apnea


  • Who can benefit from SomniFix Strips?
    • CPAP Users: SomniFix Strips stop mouth breathing leaks caused by CPAP masks to immediately improve user compliance and comfort.
    • Open Mouth Breathers: Mouth breathing ruins sleep quality and is bad for oral hygiene. Waking up with a dry mouth, sore throat, or nasal congestion?
    • Snorers: Did you know an open mouth is the leading cause of snoring? SomniFix Strips are the first of its kind to safely stop open-mouth snoring.
    • You can find out if you are an open-mouth snorer with a simple test: open your mouth and try to snore; now close your mouth and try to snore. If you can snore with your mouth open, but do not snore with your mouth closed, SomniFix Strips are for you!
  • What are the exclusion criteria for SomniFix Strips?
    • Do not use SomniFix Strips if you: Have nasal breathing difficulties; Are obese (BMI over 35); Have severely chapped lips, or non-intact skin immediately around the mouth; Have consumed alcohol or sedatives; Have a cold, sinus, or ear infection; Have severe heart or breathing problems; Have very low blood pressure.
  • What about people with sleep apnea?
    • SomniFix Strips are not a standalone solution for sleep apnea. However, they may be used in combination with CPAP or an oral appliance.
  • Why is it important to address snoring?
    • Simply put, snoring is a disorder. It causes fragmented sleep, meaning very poor sleep quality. It is often a precursor to sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that can lead to life-altering cardiovascular and cognitive disorders. Not to mention snoring is just plain annoying and embarrassing.
  • Are SomniFix Strips comfortable to wear?
    • Yes. Our strip is flexible and fits all lip shapes and sizes. It uses a skin-friendly, hypoallergenic adhesive—users often describe it as a second skin. It has also been biocompatibility tested to ensure that it will not cause lip or skin irritation. And we’ve created a breathing vent so you can mouth breathe, if necessary.
  • Is there a benefit to nose breathing instead of mouth breathing?
    • Yes. Nose breathing is far superior to mouth breathing. The issue with habitual mouth breathing is that we inhale and exhale too much air (chronic hyperventilation). Hyperventilation leads to an imbalance in the carbon dioxide-oxygen (CO2-O2) exchange. The brain responds by stimulating mucus production to slow our breathing, causing the onset of nasal congestion. This, in turn, creates a vicious cycle that leaves mouth breathers unable to breathe through the nose. Nose breathing slows and optimizes breathing cadence, protecting us from hyperventilation. One of the great functions of the nose is that it acts as a filter for airborne particles in inhaled air. The nose warms and humidifies inhaled air, protecting the lungs in cold or dry environments. And the nose optimizes CO2-02 exchange, which in turn, ensures efficient use of oxygen in the blood.
  • What is the breathing vent for?
    • Our central vent mimics the functions of the nose if you begin mouth breathing. First, the small size of the vent helps regulate mouth breathing cadence, so that it’s similar to nose breathing cadence. Second, the mesh layer similarly acts as a filter for airborne particles. Our users want to know that they can breathe through their mouths if necessary. Now they can do so without compromising breathing quality. It’s also there so that users can rest easy knowing that they can mouth breathe if necessary.
  • Will I be able to take it off easily if needed?
    • Yes, it dislodges just by forcibly opening your mouth (no hands needed).
  • Does it pull on the lips or leave sticky residue?
    • No. Our adhesive is hypoallergenic and specially-engineered for lip contact. It is very gentle and leaves no residue.
  • On the first night, I took it off. Does that mean I cannot use the strips?
    • No. Most users will need 5-7 nights to become acclimated to using our strips. Because many of us are prone to mouth breathing while sleeping, nose breathing all night takes time and training.
  • I am unable to breathe through my nose. Can I use the strips?
    • No. Because our strips encourage you to breathe through the nose, do not use the strips if you are unable to comfortably nose breathe. The inability to nose breathe is a sign that you should visit an Otolaryngology (ENT) specialist.
  • I notice that I default to mouth breathing through the vent. Is that normal?
    • No. If your default breathing pattern while wearing the strip is through the central vent, then you should reposition the strip. To ensure that you default to nose breathing, turn the lips inward slightly while the lips are sealed when applying the strip. The breathing vent is there as a backup breathing option, and mouth breathing should be minimized.
  • Why won’t the strip stick?
    • Ensure that you diligently wash and dry the lips and surrounding area, making sure that the area is void of any balms or moisturizers. Once the lips are dry, the strip will stick. Any lubricants will compromise the adhesive.
  • Can I use it more than once?
    • No. SomniFix Strips are single use. After a night’s use, the strip should be discarded (by recycling) to avoid introducing bacteria to the lips.
  • Are the strips gluten and latex free?​
    • Yes