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Dr. Brent Garcia, DACM, L.Ac., LMT  •  January 22, 2021  •  Last updated: March 15, 2024


Brother Strikes Again

I was turned on to mouth taping by my brother, and separately by a mentor, both of whom had been taping their mouth shut for years while sleeping.

My brother told me about James Nestor’s book “Breath.”

I am a pretty avid reader, but I still haven’t read the actual book.

However, I have listened to podcasts where Nestor has been interviewed.

The index card summary is: we are supposed to breath through our nose, not our mouth. And, many modern day health problems can be attributed to mouth breathing.

Turns out Eleven in “Stranger Things” was right.

We should breath as much as possible through our noses – like all animals on earth do.

This includes while we sleep.

Hence, mouth taping.

How To

I use blue painter’s tape. I started with a postage-sized piece on the front of my mouth at first.

I now tape my entire mouth shut, and it’s a game-changer.


Here’s what I’ve noticed after years of consistent mouth-taping:

  1. I sleep more deeply through the night
  2. I dream more and recall dreams better
  3. I, paradoxically, experience less congestion in the morning, even though I am breathing through my nose
  4. I wake up way more rested
  5. I do not wake up with a dry, sore throat

Consistently the best sleep I’ve had in years.

Do you have something that makes a huge difference for you regarding sleep?


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