DO I BREATHE CORRECTLY? CAN MY BREATHING BE IMPROVED?
A Breathing Health Quiz such as the one below will give some indication of a likely dysfunction. A “Yes” to even a few of these questions is indicative of over-breathing stress:
- I breathe through my mouth during the day.
- I breathe through my mouth during the night (waking up with a dry mouth is indicative).
- I get winded when walking up a few flights of stairs.
- I get short of breath when reading aloud and talking.
- I have situational anxiety and occasionally find myself breathing more rapidly.
- I have chronic anxiety.
- I’m told I snore during the night.
- I sigh or yawn daily –more than once or twice.
- I can’t seem to get enough air and/or worry about my breathing.
- My breathing is irregular (gasps, sighs, big breathing from time to time).
- My breathing feels stuck/restricted.
- I seem to breathe rather rapidly.
- I get breathless when anxious.
- My breath is uncoordinated when I speak.
- I can’t catch my breath easily. It takes a while to recuperate after even a little exercise.
- I feel the air is usually stuffy in a closed room.
- My breath does not seem to go in or out all the way.
- My breathing is loud or heavy.
- Breathing requires work – it doesn’t seem to flow naturally.
- I suspect I have sleep apnea (breathing stops for 10 seconds or more before abruptly restarting).
- I have panic attacks.
- I feel nauseous or light-headed when I am at altitude. Altitude sickness.
If you are feeling stress even as you read these questions, improving your breathing habit at any age will be a worthwhile investment. If you have a child with breathing related irregularities or emotional/sleep struggles a breathing assessment via a certified breathing analyst would be heavily suggested.
Capnometry biofeedback offers a window into a person’s CO2 levels and provides a more objective method of understanding the level of over-breathing in various situations such as standing, sitting, lying down, during a stressor, exercising, while talking etc. CapnoLearning is client-centered assessment and training that also provides a window into resiliency or how well one bounces back from over-breathing. Viewing one’s own physiology (breathing, HRV, EMG) via a computer helps make the connection to symptoms and is invaluable for motivation toward change. A training plan is typically created for the client to replace poor habits with those that are much more functional. See Services for more information.
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