LESS Breath: Better Health? | Mouth Breathing vs. Nasal Breathing

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This video is about the importance of training yourself to breathe properly to improve health and even exercise performance. The series Stranger Things has somewhat brought the term “mouth breather” back into circulation, but there needs to be more education on the importance of avoiding breathing through the mouth at all times – even when asleep.

Patrick McKeown’s book “The Oxygen Advantage” ( http://amzn.to/2p66IIz ) is a must-read book for anyone who breathes. Everyone else, you’re off the hook.


MOUTH TAPING & Stuffed Noses

Some points about the mouth taping to be careful. For the most part taping the mouth isn’t dangerous unless you have a nasal obstruction. If you can’t breathe with the tape on then you wouldn’t fall asleep in the first place. However it is possible that in the middle of the night you could roll into some position that makes it hard to breathe through the nose, which should just cause you to roll over again or you’d just wake up. However, just in case:
■Make the tape easy to take off: You can pat the piece of tape on the back of your hand to remove some of the adhesive before putting it on. Fold it at both ends to make a tab you can pull on to take it off
■Don’t tape your mouth after drinking alcohol (or drugs) and it’s better not to wear it if you’ve eaten dinner soon before bed. Patrick McKeown recommends to finish dinner at least 2 hours before sleeping
■If it makes you anxious, try just wearing the tape while awake until you’re comfortable with it. If you really don’t like the idea of taping your mouth, you can get an anti-snoring chin strap instead which will keep your mouth closed.

[Stuffed Nose]
Patrick McKeown addresses this in the book, here’s one of the nose unblocking techniques:
-Sit in a chair
-After a gentle exhalation, close your mouth and pinch your nostrils
-Gently nod your head back and forth until you feel the urge to breathe.
-Keep your mouth closed but attempt to gently inhale through the nose
-Unless you simply cannot breathe through the nose at this point, continue to breathe lightly in and out through your nose.
-If the nose is still stuffed, repeat the exercise. (Repeat up to 4 times in one sitting though)

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