Do This Breathing Technique When You Have Nasal Congestion

Suara.com – Nasal congestion can greatly interfere with breathing activities. Actually, there are special breathing techniques that can be done to overcome the problem of nasal congestion.

“We tend to think less of the process of breathing, even though it’s what keeps us alive,” said Dr Deborah Lee, a doctor at UK’s Dr Fox Online Pharmacy.

Doctor Lee explains that taking deep, slow breaths is beneficial for slowing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and helping relieve stress.

But when the nose is blocked, taking deep breaths may be more difficult.

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He suggests concentrating on taking deep, slow breaths. It is also the best way to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.

According to Dr. Lee, nasal breathing has been shown to increase blood oxygen uptake by as much as 20 percent.

“When we breathe in through our nose, it pulls on the diaphragm, the layer of muscle that separates the chest from the stomach,” he explains.

This action activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), the involuntary nervous system that induces feelings of calm and helps the body rest and relax.

On the other hand, repeated mouth breathing can lead to dry mouth, dry lips, and fatigue. It has also been linked to a fast heart rate and increased blood pressure.

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To overcome a stuffy nose so that you can still breathe through your nose, you can inhale only from the right nostril. Then, to exhale only through the left nostril.

Repeat for 10 times to slow down each cycle and fill not only the upper chest but the lower part of the lungs as well. This is the key to deep breathing.

“This will help open the blocked nostrils and create a more even flow of air through both nostrils,” he said.

If breathing through your nose really can’t be done, keeping deep breaths can practice breathing variations.

The technique involves breathing in slowly through the nose and exhaling through the mouth. Open your mouth not too wide and breathe slowly and naturally.

“Remember to breathe as slowly and lightly as possible, allowing your stomach and chest to expand in all directions as you inhale naturally as you exhale,” Dr Lee said.