Buteyko: Why Indonesia singer Andien sleeps with tape on her mouth
Andien, a popular Indonesian singer, shocked her fans when she posted a lengthy Instagram story about breathing – along with photos of herself, her husband and their two-year-old son with tape over their mouths.
She revealed that her family had been practising Click here to listen to iqram radio something called Buteyko for the past three months. It involves finding ways of breathing through your nose – one of which is taping your mouth closed while you sleep.
Buteyko, Andien claimed, had helped her sleep better, had stopped her from getting dry throat, and had rid her of bad breath.
But does mouth-taping work and, more importantly, is it safe?
What is ‘Buteyko’?
The Buteyko technique was first developed in the 1950s by the Soviet doctor of the same name, Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko.
He believed that respiratory conditions, asthma in particular, could be linked to the way people breathed. He believed that if patients were taught to breathe correctly, through their noses, their lung problems would go away.
Almost seven decades later and the alternative therapy remains popular, with Buteyko practitioners around the world now hailing the benefits of breathing exercises and taping the mouth shut to sleep.