To ﬁnd out if you are breathing with your diaphragm: Hold one hand across your breastbone and the other hand on your tummy. At rest there should be no upper chest movement and only very small movement of the tummy. The tummy will expand as you breathe in and contract as you breathe out. For
Breathing through the nose at night While sleeping it is important to breathe only through your nose. Mouth breathing will reverse the benefits of reduced breathing during the day. If you neglect your breathing for seven or eight hours every night then it will be impossible to change your breathing pattern on a permanent basis.
Many patients tell me that their symptoms are worse during the night or ﬁrst thing in the morning. Some even say that it takes them hours every morning to get their breathing right. Symptoms such as a blocked nose, excessive mucus, tiredness, chest tightness, wheezing and breathlessness are common. These problems are usually caused by
For people with asthma, speaking for long periods of time can trigger symptoms. Frequently at workshops people remark: ‘my coughing really starts at a meeting, or when I speak for long periods.’ There is a direct relationship between a person’s asthma problems and the amount of time spent talking, therefore this may help to explain