Taking a deep breath, or even a simple breath, can be daunting for some. Some people may experience a suffocating feeling—like they are hungry for air and can’t simply take the breath they need.
While some can remedy this issue on their own by inducing a sigh or a yawn, for some it’s harder to achieve a relieving breath of fresh air.
Many of you weighed in on this same issue, so we compiled some of the advice found in the comments that we hope will help ease your breath. But, first and foremost, if you are experiencing issues with breathing you should seek immediate medical advice. Your doctor is the best resource for determining what may be affecting your breathing issues.
The community weighs in
These are some of the methods that your fellow Community Members suggested! *Please know that Community Members may not be medical professionals and any advice below should be taken at your own discretion.
- Drink milk. That’s right—drinking a glass of cold milk could deliver relief on day one. Drinking a cold glass a day could keep the breathing doctor away!
- Breathe through your nose. Breathing through your nose will force you to take smaller, more manageable breaths, thus eliminating the need for deep breaths.
- Breathe the Buteyko way. The Buteyko breathing technique teaches those with breathing problems to “habitually breathe less.”
- Practice asthmatic breathing techniques. Even if you don’t have asthma, breathing techniques such as belly breathing, yoga and the Papworth method can help in any breathless situation.
- Don’t panic. The worst thing you can do is panic—which will cause you to need even more breath. Tell yourself that you are fine, take short breaths and drink a glass of water to calm yourself down.
- Chronic hyperventilation syndrome. Your breathing issues could be an actual breathing syndrome. Breathing lessons such as the 4x4 method, natural or deep breathing could help you master your hyperventilation brought on by stress or anxiety.
- Breathe through your stomach, not your chest. This breathing exercise charges you to draw breathe from your stomach instead of your diaphragm. To decipher is you’re breathing through your stomach or your chest, put one hang on your chest and one on your stomach – when you inhale, try to make only your stomach move and not your chest.
- Assess your allergies. Allergies could play a large part in breathing issues. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and consider seeing an allergist for an accurate diagnostic. There are also several over-the-counter allergy medications that could help with your breathing symptoms.
- Aspiration and acid reflux. Your breathing symptoms could be a case of acid reflux or aspiration. For more information about aspiration—how it’s caused and how to treat it—read this article by a HealthCentral expert.
- Think about what you’re consuming. Taking recreational drugs, drinking alcohol and/or ingesting a large amount of caffeine could create a lethal combo to reduce your ability to breathe freely.
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Published On: September 13, 2008