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How To Work With Snoring As A Breathing Issue

Posted by Lisa Bowen on Monday, September 29, 2014 Under: Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring is a huge issue affecting many people.  

Despite the fact that snoring affects 30% of adults overall and 50% of people over 60, I've found that most people are completely unaware that snoring is a common outcome of dysfunctional breathing, which can be improved or reversed with breathing retraining.

It's true that many people who snore have complicated structural issues in their nose or throat that require medical treatment.  But just like you can't lose eating fresh fruit and vegetables when you're sick, people who snore for any reason can adopt healthy breathing habits and strengthen underlying, unhealthy breathing patterns, enabling them to achieve the best results possible.
 
To Address Snoring, Pay Attention To These Two Breathing Habits
 
A person's breathing pattern is consistent throughout the day -- while awake and asleep.  So one of the best things a snorer, or the partner of a snorer, can do is closely observe what's happening during sleep in order to change the pattern during waking hours.
 
Think right now of someone who snores.  Aren't most people who snore breathing through their mouths rather than their noses at the time?  I have observed that this pattern frequently goes on at nightand during the day too.  So starting to breathe through the nose during the day is a great step toward nasal breathing at night.
 
Then there's the noise...While snoring, a person is typically breathing a large amount of air, with such velocity that the gusts are making structures in the back of the throat vibrate enough to make sound.  That's not necessary. The typical person who snores is over-breathing. 
 
Just like experts know how much we should eat to maintain or lose or gain weight, there's also an optimal volume of air to breathe per minute depending on the activity. Scientists have proven that many people in our modern society are over-breathing, just like many are over-eating and under-exercising.
 
When we sleep we need less oxygen to help break food down into energy compared to our daytime requirements.  Even during the day, when we are sitting or laying down resting, ideally we should be breathing so gently that no one can hear or see us breathe.  Our torso should not move significantly at those times.  Imagine how quiet and serene a sleeping infant is.  That's how healthy adults are supposed to sleep.  Match breathing to your activity.
 
To work on reversing the habits of mouth breathing and over-breathing that  so often characterize snoring, take our on-demand Nasal Breathing Online Class. 
 
You are also invited to join regularly-scheduled Healthy Breathing Habits classes in San Rafael, or come to the office for a breathing assessment.

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