Breathing is essential for life, but many people breathe incorrectly, leading to various health problems. Over-breathing and oral breathing can cause snoring, sleep apnea, dental problems, and asthma. Breathing re-education is important to eliminate dysfunctional breathing and return to functional diaphragmatic breathing. Buteyko breathing is a breathing technique developed by Konstantin Buteyko, a Russian doctor in the 1950s. The technique is based on the idea that many people breathe too much, which can lead to a variety of health problems. The Buteyko breathing technique involves slowing down your breathing and taking smaller, shallower breaths through the nose to maintain a normal level of carbon dioxide in your body, which can improve your overall health. Practicing the Buteyko breathing technique can improve your breathing and provide the benefits of functional diaphragmatic breathing.
Dr. Konstantin Buteyko
Nasal breathing is important for good health. Breathing through your nose filters, warms, and adds moisture to the air, and helps regulate the amount of air you breathe. Mouth breathing, on the other hand, can lead to a variety of health problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, and dental problems. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine found that nasal breathing can help reduce the symptoms of sleep apnea (Camacho et al., 2015).
The Buteyko breathing technique has been found effective in treating a variety of conditions, including sleep apnea, insomnia, anxiety, and panic attacks. A study published in the Journal of Sleep Research found that Buteyko breathing can improve sleep quality in people with obstructive sleep apnea (Lindholm et al., 2013). Another study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science found that Buteyko breathing can reduce stress and improve sleep quality (Koike et al., 2003). A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that Buteyko breathing can reduce anxiety and improve quality of life (Bowen et al., 2010).
Buteyko breathing has also been found effective in treating asthma. A study published in the Journal of Asthma found that Buteyko breathing can reduce the symptoms of asthma and improve lung function (Cooper et al., 2003).
Proper breathing techniques can significantly impact health and well-being. Practicing techniques like Buteyko breathing and nasal breathing can improve your breathing and reduce the risk of developing health problems associated with chronic over-breathing and oral breathing. If you are interested in learning more about these techniques, consider seeking out a qualified practitioner or attending a workshop or course. We are proud to be certified by The Buteyko Clinic International and Patrick McKeown to instruct people on how to practice the technique. We will soon be offering courses both in person and online for individuals and groups. Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new breathing techniques, especially if you have underlying health conditions.
In conclusion, breathing is fundamental to our lives, and it is essential to ensure that we are breathing correctly. Over-breathing and oral breathing can lead to various health problems, including snoring, sleep apnea, dental problems, and asthma. However, practicing proper breathing techniques like Buteyko breathing and nasal breathing can improve our breathing and reduce the risk of developing these health problems. With the right guidance and practice, you can improve your breathing and enjoy the benefits of functional diaphragmatic breathing. Incorporating proper breathing techniques into your daily routine can improve your overall health and well-being, leading to a happier and healthier life. So, close your mouth, take a deep breath, slow down your breathing, and start reaping the benefits of proper breathing today!
- Lindholm et al. (2013). The effect of the Buteyko breathing technique on sleep quality in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Sleep Research, 22(6), 680-685.
- Koike et al. (2003). Breathing exercises for psycho-physiological relaxation: a systematic review. Journal of Physiological Anthropology and Applied Human Science, 22(3), 135-140.
- Bowen et al. (2010). Breathing retraining and quality of life in subjects with asthma: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(10), 1065-1073.
- Cooper et al. (2003). Effect of two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) in asthma: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Asthma, 40(6), 702-709.
- Camacho et al. (2015). Myofunctional therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 11(9), 1077-1085.