All animal species have some organs for inhalation. Mammals have lungs, gills for fish and other organs for other species. Humans can inhale with the nose or with the mouth. Mouth allows us to inhale bigger volumes of oxygen, but breathing with your nose is much better. Do you want to know why?
A normal healthy person breathes twice more than he should nowadays. According to multiple researches done by Russian doctor Buteyko and confirmed by doctors worldwide, we should breathe twice less and we will be twice healthier. To do this you should inhale with your nose.
Your nose is your body’s natural incoming filter. It warms up the inhaled air, clears it of dust and viruses, and prevents bacterial infection from penetrating your organs. However, you can inhale twice more air with your mouth and that is what most of people like to do. Moreover, this is wrong, because this is one of the main reasons of never ending colds and stuffed noses.
When your nose is stuffed, you breathe with your mouth and make the situation only worse. That is so, because CO2 (which is the best vasodilator known) is not flowing through your nasal caverns and does not dilate arteries in sinuses, causing them to malfunction and stuff your nose with mucus. This causes your nasal cavities to become a growing field for different bacteria and viruses. So what can be done to avoid it?
Clearing Your Stuffy Nose in 2 Minutes during the Day
All you have to do is close your mouth and nose and do some physical activity. As your body does not receive any oxygen, jumping or running is dangerous. Just nod your head or walk a bit. Hold your breath as long as you can, and your body will consume all excessive oxygen from blood and lungs. As the quantity of CO2 in your blood increases, you will feel insatiable hunger for breathing.
Hold your breath as long as you can and then slowly exhale with your nose, while having all your respiratory muscles relaxed. You should take shallow inhales and exhale with all your upper chest muscles relaxed while remaining in a state of hunger for breathing. If your nose doesn’t clear after the first exercise, continue doing that for about 1-2 minutes and you will feel an instant relief.
The main goal now is to train you to breathe only with your nose. You should do it during daytime and during sleep.
How to Control Your Breathing during Sleep
If you wake up in the morning and your mouth is dry, then you were breathing with it during the night. To avoid that simply tap your lips with a medical sticky stripe. Cover your lips with a sort of Vaseline to allow safe and easy removal of the stripe in the morning. Secure your lips with it horizontally or vertically, the choice is up to you.
If you don’t want to use a sticky stripe, take a yoga head stripe. Wear that bandage around your head under the chin. This will make perfect fixation to keep your jaws shut at night. The main point is not to sleep on your back. In this position, you inhale 2 times more than you should. This causes multiple illnesses and affects a plenty of physiological processes in your body. Lie on your side and breathe with your nose.
When having your breathing pattern retrained and you breathe with your nose 24/7, you will avoid a stuffy nose and improve your overall health condition. Breathe correctly and be healthy!