We need three acts to live : Eat, sleep and breathe.
We pay attention to our food or on the quality of sleep. As for to the breath which is essential to our life, it attracts less interest, because it requires a particular awareness. So let’s talk a bit about the breath. You will see that a small awareness on the breath could dramatically improve the quality of your life.
Are you aware of the way of which you inhale ? By the nose or by the mouth? If you often have a sore throat when waking up, this is one of the signs that you often breathe through your mouth during your sleep.
If you practice yoga, you have certainly heard that you have to breathe through your nose. But few people really know why. Here are the many reasons why nasal breathing contributes to our well-being. :
- Air flows through the para-nasal sinuses and the nasal channel is much better heated and filtered than when it passes by the mouth.
- The smaller diameter of the sinuses creates pressure in the lungs during exhalation, allowing the lungs to have more time to extract oxygen.
- There is an appropriate exchange during pulmonary ventilation between dioxygen and carbon dioxide, the blood thus maintains a well-balanced pH. If carbon dioxide is lost too rapidly, such as during oral breathing, oxygen uptake is decreased.
Oral respiration normally occurs when the oxygen does not circulate sufficiently through the nasal passage but may cause problems such as:
- Rhinitis, nasopharyngitis, asthma, otitis,
- Sleeping disorders and snoring,
- A weakened immune system,
- A modification of the cranio-cervical posture to facilitate the passage of the air (cervical extension and head projection forward) and vulnerability to periodontal disease.
Our respiratory capacity tends to decrease with the age due to pollution, smoking, stress, which develops bad breathing habit. This trend is one of the major causes of physical and mental health problems such as headaches, insomnia, chronicle fatigue, depression, anxiety …
Improving the quality of breathing could reverse all these troubles!
Then, one, two, three, inhale, exhale, breathe!