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The Importance of Breathing Through Your Nose

Your nose is designed for breathing, and your mouth for eating. Breathing nourishes the brain and body with oxygen, which is necessary to produce energy. You can’t do much without it! If you don’t get a proper flow of oxygen, you’ll feel listless and fatigued.

If you breathe through your mouth, you won’t get the oxygen you require during the day, and your sleep can be interrupted, leaving you at risk for problems such as:

  • ADHD, poor focus and concentration
  • Allergies and skin conditions, particularly eczema
  • Asthma and shortness of breath
  • Chronic upper respiratory tract infections
  • Dental problems and poor dental arch development
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Dry mouth
  • Enlarged adenoids or tonsils
  • Frequent colds and cases of flu
  • Snoring and sleep apnoea
  • High blood pressure and cardiac failure
  • Irritability and tiredness
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and digestive complaints
  • Memory problems
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Poor posture and musculoskeletal aches and pains
  • Restless sleep
  • Sleep disturbances like teeth grinding, bed-wetting and nighttime toilet trips

Why Your Breath Quality Matters

Every day, you breathe in and out and probably don’t consider it much. If you breathe, you’re alive, so what’s the problem? Well, the way that you breathe is essential to ensuring your overall health, particularly during your sleeping hours. There isn’t much more stressful to the brain than not having adequate oxygen while you sleep. Breathing well during the nighttime is essential to feeling refreshed.

If you snore, breathe through your mouth, grind teeth, have restless sleep or sleep apnoea, wet the bed or visit the toilet at night, it is a sign that your cells and tissues may not be getting the oxygen they need.

When you’re at rest, you should be able to breathe through the nose silently without moving your upper chest or shoulders. Your diaphragm is supposed to be doing all the work, which is affected by proper posture. Breathing through your nose humidifies, warms and filters the air you take in and delivers it to the rest of the body.

It All Starts in Infancy

Infant sleepingBreathing through the nose starts with the proper oral habits, beginning from infancy with breastfeeding and primitive reflexes. The muscles for breathing, swallowing and eating can develop optimally, creating the ideal position of lips closed and tongue touching the roof of the mouth.

This position is vital to proper jaw growth, which in turn will lead to your jaw and facial development, airway space and posture. If you breathe through your mouth, each of these areas will be negatively impacted, along with your circulatory, digestive, lymphatic, urinary and immune systems.

Optimise Your Health

Studies support that your airway is critical to posture, brain development, breathing, performance and overall wellbeing throughout your life. Adults and children alike can have improper breathing habits that can be controlled and corrected. By doing so, you’ll enjoy a higher level of health and be able to feel happier and more relaxed.

Contact TMJ Therapy Centre today to learn more!


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