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:

  1. I breathe through my mouth during the day.
  2. I breathe through my mouth during the night (waking up with a dry mouth is indicative).
  3. I get winded when walking up a few flights of stairs.
  4. I get short of breath when reading aloud and talking.
  5. I have situational anxiety and occasionally find myself breathing more rapidly.
  6. I have chronic anxiety.
  7. I’m told I snore during the night.
  8. I sigh or yawn daily –more than once or twice.
  9. I can’t seem to get enough air and/or worry about my breathing.
  10. My breathing is irregular (gasps, sighs, big breathing from time to time).
  11. My breathing feels stuck/restricted.
  12. I seem to breathe rather rapidly.
  13. I get breathless when anxious.
  14. My breath is uncoordinated when I speak.
  15. I can’t catch my breath easily. It takes a while to recuperate after even a little exercise.
  16. I feel the air is usually stuffy in a closed room.
  17. My breath does not seem to go in or out all the way.
  18. My breathing is loud or heavy.
  19. Breathing requires work – it doesn’t seem to flow naturally.
  20. I suspect I have sleep apnea (breathing stops for 10 seconds or more before abruptly restarting).
  21. I have panic attacks.
  22. 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.