How Breathing Retraining Can Reduce Snoring
At least 30% of adults snore, and that increases to 50% for people over 60.
Most people don't realize that dysfunctional breathing contributes to snoring.
Snoring is typically noisy, heavy breathing that's so strong it's vibrating the airway walls at the back of the throat.
Many people who snore are usually mouth-breathing at the time too, which contributes to nasal congestion. (Or nasal congestion originally compelled them to breathe through their mouths. However the cycle started, it needs to be broken!)
Breathing retraining can be very effective for snorers. The goal of breathing retraining is to return to nasal breathing and reduce breathing volume.
Our intention is to focus on improving daytime breathing, which we can control, until a new set of habits improves unconscious night-time breathing.
Even and especially if you're using a C-PAP machine or an oral appliance, you can still improve the underlying, unhealthy breathing pattern that, if left unchecked, can contribute to other health issues such as breathlessness during moving and exercise, heightened response to stress, and more.
What's Your Program?
We teach students to identify signs of poor breathing habits and healthy breathing habits, and how to start breathing more efficiently.
How To Address Chronic Over-Breathing
At Breathing Retraining Center we advise the following strategy:
- Learn about breathing, particularly the difference between poor breathing habits and healthy breathing habits. Check out our Signs and Symptoms of Poor Breathing Habits -- A Resource Guide.
The Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies we teach are an alternative approach and are not the practice of medicine, psychology, or a form of psychotherapy, nor are they a substitute for seeking medical or psychological advice from an appropriate professional health-care provider. We want to make the important distinction between using the Buteyko Breathing Technique and other breathing-retraining strategies for health and well-being and the practice of medicine, psychology or any other licensed health-care profession.
If you can train humans to sleep...to not urinate in their sleep...why can't you train humans to breathe correctly in their sleep?
-Dr. Aaron E. Sher, "An overview of sleep disordered breathing for the otolaryngologist, Ear, Nose and Throat Journal Sept. 1, 1999
Breathing increases and decreases in line with changes in metabolism.
When you exercise your breathing increases, becoming noisy and forceful. When your metabolism is low, such as when you sleep, the breathing is quiet and gentle.
When people snore the breathing is more like the type a person naturally does while exercising rather than sleeping, and so snoring is a sign of hyperventilation, or breathing more air than your body needs during sleep.