How to Mew: The Definitive Guide to Mewing (Updated)

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Mewing is the weird and wonderful practice of positioning your tongue against the roof of your mouth, and it’s been taking the internet by storm lately. In this guide, I’ll teach you how to mew with easy instructions.

How to Mew: Step-By-Step Instructions

Mewing is all about holding correct tongue posture throughout the day. Unfortunately, this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Here are my step-by-step instructions on how to mew correctly:

  1. Make an “N” sound with your mouth

    One of the biggest challenges people face with mewing is finding the right tongue position. Here’s an easy hack for doing so: make the sound of the letter “N” and hold it for a few seconds.

    You should find that your tongue naturally pushes up against the roof of your mouth while you do this.

  2. Get familiar with that tongue position

    Practice making the “N” sound for a few minutes. With any luck, you’ll get used to moving your tongue around your mouth. Now, see if you can make that same tongue position without actually making the “N” sound.

    Don’t worry if you can’t get this right away. It took me a few days of regular practice to be able to control my tongue. Once you get it, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it is.

  3. Raise the back of your tongue by swallowing

    The next step is to get the back of your tongue up against the palate. If you’re like me, you might find this pretty difficult. Thankfully, I have another trick that can help: swallowing!

    That’s right. Find the tongue position you practised earlier and try swallowing deeply a few times. You should feel the back of your tongue push up against the palate as you do so.

    Like before, continue practicing this technique and you should eventually be able to raise the back of your tongue against the palate without having to constantly swallow.

  4. Repeat until it becomes second nature

    Finally, you need to get used to holding this tongue position throughout the entire day.

    My approach was to adopt correct tongue posture whenever I remembered about it. With time, I found myself holding the mewing tongue position more and more without even thinking about it.

    A more practical approach for most people is to set daily or hourly smartphone reminders. If my approach of mewing-whenever-you-remember doesn’t work for you, this is what I’d suggest.

  5. Be patient before expecting results

    As I explain in 30 Days to a More Attractive Face, mewing is not the technique to rely on if you want fast improvement to your facial appearance.

    Expect to mew for several months before you notice any changes. During this time, you’ll have to be quite patient, remembering to mew for as much of the day as possible.

Congratulations! At this point, you should be able to raise your entire tongue against the palate at will. You’ll know you’re mewing correctly if you can feel a vacuum-like sensation between your tongue and palate — which Dr. Mike Mew calls the “suction hold.”

Got braces? Read this article for additional insight.

How to Mew While Sleeping

The mewing tongue position should be held for as much of the day as possible. This includes while sleeping! In addition to the general benefits of mewing, mewing while sleeping is said to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.

Initially, you will find it near impossible to mew while sleeping. This is simply because your body is new to mewing and doesn’t hold the correct tongue position subconsciously, like when you’re asleep.

Another reason you might struggle with mewing while sleeping is mouth breathing. If you typically breathe through your mouth, you’ll be unable to breathe while mewing.

The solution to both of these problems is to continue practicing mewing! Not only will your body grow to subconsciously maintain the correct tongue position, but — according to Dr. Mike Mew — your nasal airways will open up, allowing you to better breathe through the nose.

Mewing Tips and Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks you might want to bear in mind when you start mewing:

  1. When doing mewing correctly, you might find that you can’t breathe through your mouth. This is because mewing will force you to breathe through your nose. Anyway, breathing through your nose is better for you, so this is a hidden benefit you will soon grow to appreciate.
  2. You may find your tongue getting sore initially, but that’s OK. You can expect some soreness because you’re ‘working out’ your tongue. It’s like working out any other muscle: you get sore initially. With that said, read my article on common mewing problems if you’re having serious trouble.
  3. Applying the full force of your tongue on your palate is called hard mewing and I would suggesting staying away from that for beginners. Instead, stretch your entire tongue on the roof of your mouth and apply light force. You will feel the force more strongly while swallowing, which brings us to our next section.

How to Swallow While Mewing

Keeping your tongue posture correct throughout the day is one aspect of mewing, but the other aspect is eating and swallowing while mewing. This is where people usually get confused.

When it comes to swallowing while mewing, this is the correct way to do it as explained by Dr. Mike Mew in his many videos.

  • Press the tongue firmly against your palate even while swallowing.
  • Your face expression should remain the same while swallowing.
  • You will feel your thyroid rise.

Use this same technique while swallowing liquids. You don’t want to chug liquids. Instead, with your tongue on your palate, swallow liquids at a steady pace.

To practice proper swallowing with mewing, try these steps.

1. Take a small sip of water and hold it in your mouth.

2. Lean forwards with your mouth directly pointing to the floor.

3. Make a cheesy smile.

Aha! You may think you will spill the water, but you will actually find that your tongue raises to your palate to prevent the water from choking you. In doing this technique, you have created the perfect seal for your palate and tongue. 

4. Swallow the water without bringing the lips together.

Repeat this process a few more times and be conscious of your tongue’s position.

Do you see how it naturally forms a seal? The mid-back of your tongue will push firmly against your palate. 

Now try to replicate this same swallowing technique standing up normally. Can you do it? Congrats, you now know how to have proper tongue posture and swallow properly with it.

Dr. Mike Mew has many videos on YouTube where he explains proper swallowing with mewing. They’re definitely worth a watch.

Without proper swallowing, you are only doing part of mewing correctly. If you can’t maintain proper tongue posture while eating and drinking, you are only halfway there. So practice, practice, practice.

How to Chew While Mewing

Chewing properly when mewing is a little different than swallowing. Don’t use your cheeks to move food around the mouth. Instead, chew food with your teeth until it is completely broken down.

How Do I Know If I’m Mewing Right?

Although the explanation for mewing seems pretty straightforward, it can be surprisingly difficult to get just right. Based on surveys of individuals who practice mewing, there seem to be many misconceptions.

It is critical that the back third of your tongue (yes, the very back of it) is firmly pressed against the palate of your mouth. Your tongue should fit snugly between your back teeth.

Doing this properly should be tiring: it’s not easy to maintain and will require conscious effort. It may even feel like your tongue will fall out of this position any second, but don’t worry: it will strengthen over time.

You might even feel that your palate is too small to properly do mewing. However, as you keep mewing, your palate will naturally expand due to the pressure applied by your tongue. So keep at it, even if it is tiring at first. Eventually it will become subconscious.

If you do mewing correctly, you might see impressive results within as little as a month.

Visual Guide to Mewing

If you want to be specific about mewing, you’re going to need to know what muscles you are employing. Let’s take a tour of the mouth.

First, feel the area directly between your front teeth. This is what we’re calling the “tip.” This is where your the tip of your tongue should be while mewing.

Your tongue will rest from the tip down the mid-palate ridge and should end somewhere around the soft palate. Your tongue should fit snugly in your mid-palate ridge. Make sure to fit your entire tongue on the roof of your mouth.

The Importance of Posture

Mewing is more than just tongue posture. To really change your facial appearance, Dr. Mike Mew believes correct upper body posture is also incredibly important.

I’m not convinced that upper body posture has a direct impact on facial appearance; however, I absolutely believe that it can affect your perceived facial appearance, which is why I recommend postural exercises in 30 Days to a More Attractive Face.

There are many videos on the topic of proper, good posture. You need to keep your back erect while sitting especially, since we all have a tendency to lean over our computers. An upright posture while sitting and walking will work hand-in-hand with proper mewing.

However, don’t forget about sleep posture too which is just as important. None of that sleeping like a fetus stuff: Make sure you’re sleeping on your back. This will go a long way towards maintaining proper tongue posture even while sleeping.

Final Thoughts

In short, mewing is easy to explain but hard to do consistently. What was once a natural tongue position has become a tiring, conscious act we need to retrain ourselves to do. Yet, in time, your mind will adopt mewing as muscle memory. And that’s when you might see the full benefit of mewing in your own life!

What are your experiences with mewing? Have you seen significant benefits in your own life? Is there anything else you would like to see added to this guide? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. I have a slight overbite, I’m 22, will mewing improve my slight receding jaw, I’ve doing this for 2 months and I’ve noticed a tremendous internal diff, that is, I have asthma so for me breathing through my nose has always been an issue, I couldn’t believe what I was experiencing when I achieved my first day when I for the most part only used my nose for breathing, I was so happy, but in terms of physical changes I noticed slight changes, especially in my jaw muscles because now I chew my food properly, but to answer my question will it move the jaw forward?

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      Having done some research, I don’t think mewing can move the lower jaw forward relative to the rest of the face — I don’t think there is any reason to believe it would. However, it may be able to move the lower jaw forward together with the rest of the face, thereby giving the impression of a more prominent and proportional jaw. Too early to say for sure!

    2. Yes if you are doing correctly your jaw will definitely move and acquire the proper shape in time but it will take a little time to move your jaw as your tounge was in lower you may have an over bite and I can sure it you do it properly it can change your face totaly you will become more handsome than before with a nice jawline and hollow cheeks that’s looks stunning to girls and if you want it fast start going to gym.

      Mewing helped me also I am doing it for 9 month and I can see visible but great result

  2. I wear glasses and can mew pretty easily, but is there a subtle push down happening with the glasses on the bridge of nose and ears?

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      I imagine glasses do indeed apply a small amount of pressure to the nose. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about, though. The most important is that you can see!

  3. That guide is quite a killer. I’ve been doing all it wrong this past month but was very close. I hope to strengthen my tongue, is some weak because I was heavily an open breather. Hope everything goes fine and see somechanges. Thanks.

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          Hi Sudarshan, you should be aiming to mew for the entire day. If you find that too difficult, mew as much as you can without experiencing pain.

  4. For 3 month of mewing I’ve noticed a very diference in my breathe too, I can easily breathe with the nose the whole time, which I could not do before. But, visually. I’ve noticed a tenuous difference in my mylohyoideus muscle cheek área, that part got more robust

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  5. Hello Thanks for all Your guide, its informative And great.

    I was wondering: i can not Breathe When i mew correctly. When i breathe through My nose, My tongue seems to drop( The root of The tongue).

    All help is appreciated.

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      Hi Sammi! Unfortunately I haven’t experienced this issue before, so I can’t help too much. With most mewing problems, the solution is to keep trying until you gain more control over your tongue and breathing. As always, make sure to stop if you experience any pain.

  6. Hey. I really don’t understand what I’m doing here.
    I can’t feel if the back of my tongue is against the roof of my mouth. Like, how far back is the back of the tongue?

    Also what am I meant to do with my teeth?
    Hold the back teeth together and new or hold the front teeth together and mew? Because I feel like I might have an overbite, my natural resting position is my top teeth go in front of my lower teeth, but apparently you can’t see a difference in my appearance anyway between the two.

    When I tried it, I held my nose just to see and was unable to breathe through my mouth anymore.

    Sorry if any of my post was confusing, I struggle with properly explaining things.

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      Your comment raises a few questions, so I’ll try my best to answer them one by one.

      To start with, I actually have no idea how far back the tongue goes. This is also something I’ve always been curious about, however. The farthest back I’ve managed to “feel” my tongue is when I swallow, why is why I advocate doing so in my step-by-step instructions for mewing.

      As regards teeth, I believe they should remain in light contact when mewing correctly. You shouldn’t actively clench the jaw, but nor should you leave it loose. The lips, however, should definitely remain sealed.

      Finally, if mewing correctly, you won’t be able to breathe through your mouth, as your lips will be closed.

  7. Do you recommend mewing for people with ongoing TMD due to malocclusion (treated with braces in my teens but has been back consistently for a few years – I am now 25)? I’ve found very mixed information online.

    I’ve been trying soft mewing for the past few days because I thought that proper tongue posture might help in realigning my bite somewhat, and I have been finding that it does seem to irritate my facial muscles – they’ve been quite sore and inflamed, although I haven’t been doing any of the recommended activities involving heavy chewing, e.g., gum. I find it difficult to keep my lips closed naturally, so I suppose making a conscious effort to do so all day is inevitably going to be hard on my jaw muscles.

    I guess I’m confused as to whether I should push through this discomfort or stop altogether. I am planning on seeing a dentist soon for my jaw issues, but I wanted to try mewing in the meantime. Then again, maybe I’m doing more harm than good. Any advice would be appreciated!

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      Hi Ruth. As long as you’re mewing without too much pressure, I don’t imagine it can do any harm. I think it’s worth pursuing, if just to practice breathing through the nose!

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