Have you experienced being short of breath? Have you had a nagging cough no one could diagnose properly? Or perhaps you get chest pain, palpitation, or numbness in your hands. These can be signs of hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is very common. It causes “Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome.” This brings different symptoms at the same time. People who suffer from it become more anxious, less productive, and have poor sleep.
Learning to deal with it can save you hospital visits, money, and stress. Here are 6 things you can do to deal with it.
Patients who hyperventilate are in panic or euphoria. Structured relaxation programs can help them.
Emergency room staff promote relaxation by having you breathe through a paper bag. They also induce it with drugs. Relaxing is a powerful tool and first aid in controlling hyperventilation.
2) FIX YOUR SLEEP HABITS
Sleep on time. Sleep on your left side. Don’t sleep on a full stomach. These rules are taught by therapists and Buteyko practitioners. These improve your breathing during sleep. Listen carefully to your body. Your body tells you when is the best time to sleep.
3) ADOPT PROPER EATING HABITS
Food can worsen hyperventilation. Avoid processed foods. Avoid those rich in monosodium glutamate. Fast food are also linked to allergies and other conditions. I suggest you stay away from them too. Don’t eat when not hungry.
4) AVOID THE TRIGGERS OF HYPERVENTILATION
When possible, avoid the triggers of hyperventilation. They make the body breathe deeper than needed. Triggers can make your body think that breathing deeply is the norm. You can read about the triggers of hyperventilation here.
5) RETRAIN YOUR BREATHING
Breathing Retraining is the treatment of choice for Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome. It teaches you to know if you are hyperventilating.
It includes simple exercises to relax your breathing. Your breathing becomes efficient. Sleep improve too.
Breathing retraining techniques, such as the Buteyko Method, incorporate relaxation techniques. Having correct breathing is the most important step to a healthy lifestyle. Breathing retraining is easy. It can even be learned by children. You can read more about breathing retraining here.
6) CONSULT THE SPECIALIST
This syndrome is very common. Yet it is rarely diagnosed. It can be easily diagnosed if the doctor knows how to assess it. I suggest you see a physician who specializes in hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing. You may also see a physiotherapist or a certified Buteyko Practitioner.
This article was written by Charles Florendo
is a certified family physician with training in interventional wellness. He is probably the first hyperventilation and dysfunctional breathing specialist in Southeast Asia. He has taught breathing retraining to patients and healthcare workers in Africa, United States, and the Philippines. He holds an advanced certificate in Buteyko from the Buteyko Breathing Association (UK). He is presently the medical adviser of the at Buteyko Clinic International and a consultant at Mary Chiles General Hospital (Philippines) and the Clinica Salutare (Philippines). He lives in Manila, Philippines
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