What has Functional Breathing got to do with Sleep?

May 26, 2022 | Blog

How we breathe during the day affects how we breathe at night when we sleep and this impacts our whole lives!

If you suffer from insomnia, snoring, disrupted sleep, fatigue on rising or sleep apnoea your health will definitely suffer.

Chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes have been linked to sleep disorders. Added to this are asthma, allergies, ADHD, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and the list goes on…

So what can you do about Sleep Disordered Breathing (which is another name for dysfunctional breathing when you sleep)?
Lots can be done but first of all you need to recognise that you have the problem!

Mouth breathing is a key indicator and it’s so bad for your health.

When you breathe through your mouth you lose 42% more moisture than when you keep your mouth shut and breathe through your nose.

Your oral health suffers too because the saliva in the mouth can’t do its job of breaking down bacteria thereby protecting your teeth and gums from disease.

You also expose your lungs to dry, cold or overheated air. We need to take care of our lungs so they can optimize the gas exchange we need to stay alive!

Functional breathing protects the lungs, calms the mind and body and prevents collapse of the airway. It also optimizes the use of the diaphragm which is essential for good health.

Sleep Disordered Breathing is an unhealthy habit that can be reversed! Breathing re-education helps to re-calibrate the breathing centre in the brain and is key to optimisation of the breath.