I have always believed that ‘in through the nose out through the mouth’ was the correct way to breathe. Having had hypnotherapy before, I was instructed to breathe this way. It’s never felt very natural though and I’ve wanted to go back to nose breathing.
I stumbled across this book on Amazon Kindle Books called “How To Breathe: The Symptoms If You Get It Wrong And How To Fix It” and thought for 99p it was well worth a read.
All of the points in this blog I hadn’t previously been aware of, so I am hoping this is as informative for you as it was for me!
The Nose Is A Filter
The nose is designed to filter out dust, pollen, germs and pollutants, as well as warming the air as it comes into your body. The air you breathe in through your nose arrives to your lungs clean and warm. Conversely if you breathe through the mouth the air in your lungs will be the same temperature as outside which may be quite cold and irritating to the lungs.
If you’re mouth breathing and breathing into your lungs the dust, pollen, germs and pollutants, the bodies natural way to cope with these is to produce mucous. If you find you always have a chesty cough then trying to focus on nose breathing could help you a lot. Use the bodies natural ability to filter air by nose breathing!
If you cannot breathe through your nose there are exercises in the book which can help you be able to.
Using All Sections Of The Lungs
Our lungs have 5 lobes. When we breathe through out mouth we only use the top two lobes for breathing. When we breathe through our nose, we use all 5.
Around the lower lobes of the lungs are nerves known as parasympathetic nerves. These nerves calm down the body and make us feel relaxed. The upper lobes have more of the opposite type of nerves which give us more of a stressed, fight or flight feeling.
Breathing through our nose makes us feel more relaxed.
Scientific studies have shows that nose breathers had lower heart rates and slower breathing rates than mouth breathers and felt less stressed. The nose breathers also had shorter recovery times after exercise and had better endurance.
Breathing Related Issues
Asthma, Circulation Problems, COPD, Panic Attacks, Chest and Throat Infections are all related to breathing. In the book the recommendation is to start and try and to breathe through the nose even just for a few minutes at a time. The breaths don’t have to be overly deep or exaggerated, just through the nose.
It is easier to work on how we breathe during the day compared to at night. That’s because we’re conscious during the day. There are tips around how to do nose breathing at night but first try in the day.
I hope you found the information in this blog interesting! As always if you have any questions pop them in the comments 🙂