How learning to breathe will improve your sleep?
CPAP masks are essentials to many OSA sufferers. As a natural complement to the machine, learning to breathe provides many key benefits: a better sleep and a better ability for stress control are the major ones for sleep apnea patients.
We all breathe to live. But only a few of ours know how to breathe well and take the whole advantage of it! Every OSA sufferer should know better how to breathe, as benefits are huge and numerous.
Basics of breathing could be to know that there are different kind of breathing techniques, using thorax, diaphragm and abdominals. Occidental people seem to use thoracic breathing too much, and learning more to breathe with diaphragm and abdominals would do them good and would help them be in a better shape.
You will find so many videos, books and advice on the net that we will not describe it here. Maybe in a next article for the most famous ones.
Let us give you one major (and so simple!) tip to breathe better: breathe slow and deep, with your nose! It gives a better and stronger airflow than the mouth does.
The benefits of learning to breathe
It can take a little time before getting all the good habits to breathe properly, but you will find many benefits in it, in particular on your sleep and OSA management:
- Breathing exercises are told to be the best tricks to quickly fall asleep, which is not always easy for CPAP masks users.
- As breathing properly helps calming down, it improves ability to have a better resting sleep.
- Learning to breathe ease your capacity to control your state of mind fans stressing situations, such as wearing a CPAP mask, awakening in the middle of the night with your breathe away or any uncomfortable daily situation.
- A proper breathing will help inhale fully, without putting all the time maximum air pressure settings on the CPAP machine.
Breathing exercises are also famous in yoga. Of course they will not cure OSA, but they are told to reduce stress as well, improve lung capacity, breathing muscles and sleep disturbances. How? By learning to relax, to position better the body’s spine and
diaphragm, the head and neck for better breathing ability: breathing through the nose, keeping the nostrils clear.
Convinced? Learn how to breathe and you will change your nights. 1, 2, 3… breathe!