Breathing is something we all do of course but suprisingly it is also something which many of us do not do correctly. We are designed to spend the majority of our time breathing through our noses.
ADVANTAGES OF NOSE BREATHING
Nose breathing allows your nasal cavities to:
– reduce your exposure to foreign substances
– humidify and warm inhaled air
– increase air flow to your arteries, veins and nerves
– increase oxygen uptake and circulation
– slow down breathing
– improve lung volume
– increase diaphragm efficiency
– lower your risk of allergies
– reduce your risk of coughing
– boost your immune system
– lower your risk of snoring and sleep apnea
– support the correct formation of your teeth
DISADVANTAGES OF MOUTH BREATHING
Mouth breathing on the other hand can increase your risk of:
– inhaling unfiltered air
– allergic reactions to allergens
– bad breath
– tooth decay
– gum inflammation (gingivitis)
– sleep apnea
– teeth or jaw abnormalities
WHICH ONE AM I?
Are you a nose breather or a mouth breather? If you are not sure which one you are, just stop for a minute and become aware of how you breathe. You can also ask someone to check on your breathing whilst asleep to confirm what you do during the night. Our bodies tend to repair themselves during the night so mouth breathing will slow down your repair and recovery.
EASY WAYS TO BECOME A NOSE BREATHER
One of the main reasons why people mouth breathe is because the muscles in their tongues have weakened over time and so it sits on the bottom of the mouth. When you realise you are mouth breathing again, just touch your tongue to the top of your mouth and you will notice that you will instantly be forced to breathe through your nose. It’s that simple.
Mouth taping is the best way to learn to nose breathe during sleep. All you need is some micropore tape or similar