Many times we donot know that we are Mouth Breathing. However mouth breathing can be easily detected by self tests. You donot have to do any thing but check for few things about yourself and if the answer is 'Yes' to one or more of the following questions means that you are a dysfunctional breather.
- Can you hear yourself breathe?
- Do you breathe through your mouth?
- Is your nose continually blocked?
- Do you sigh, yawn, sneeze, wheeze, snore, pant, cough or blow your nose extensively?
- Is your sleep unrefreshing?
- Do you wake at night or have difficulty sleeping?
- Do you get short of breath?
- Can you feel your upper chest area move when you breathe?
- Do you get headaches or dizziness?
- Do you need to take medication in order to breathe comfortably?
- Are you anxious for no obvious reason?
- Do you have anxiety attacks?
Symptoms of Dysfunctional Breathing
Hyperventilation/over breathing causes a drying out and irritation of the airways as well as an excessive loss of carbon dioxide (CO2). Loss of CO2 affects the body’s ability to use oxygen. Other effects of low CO2 include:
- Increase mucus production
- Increased excitability of the nervous system which may cause irritability, sleeplessness and unfounded anxiety
- Apnoea- cessation of breathing
- Acid/alkali imbalance- respiratory alkalosis impairs immune function, disturbs metabolism and energy production, heightens allergic reactivity
- Circulation is affected, dizziness, headaches and palpitations