What really causes snoring and sleep apnoea (apnea)?
And asthma and nasal problems for that matter?
Know the answer and you will have a head start in getting lasting relief from these problems which together plague over 50% of the population in the western world today.
What is the one thing in common in all people with these breathing problems?
They do not breathe correctly - that’s the underlying issue.
Technically speaking, they have a dysfunctional breathing pattern.
People who snore and have sleep apnoea do not breathe correctly, either when awake or asleep – no exceptions. People who have asthma, nasal problems, anxiety disorders or who are breathless, do not breathe correctly – no exceptions. There are clear differences in the way they breathe compared to a normal breathing pattern; in their breathing pattern now compared to when they did not snore, wheeze, sigh, yawn, cough incessantly…..
So why not do something about it directly rather than just treating or masking the symptoms with surgery, drugs and appliances?
What is poor breathing costing you?
Night disturbed by snoring and apnoea? Low energy, brain fog? Your health, your marriage?
Did you know
- poor breathing robs your brain of oxygen and can cause or worsen anxiety
- an increasing number of marriages break down because of snoring
- people who snore and have sleep apnoea are more likely to have road accidents, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes
- over 50% of people reject or cannot tolerate the most commonly prescribed sleep apnoea treatment?
- asthma medications come with a range of side-effects
These are high prices to pay for faulty breathing habits that may be relatively easy to resolve.
You can change the way you breathe……
It is as natural as taking your next breath……. differently.
All research that has looked at the baseline breathing pattern in people with asthma, anxiety, snoring and sleep apnoea has found it is abnormal. However, the significance of this finding is rarely considered and checking someone’s baseline breathing pattern is not part of standard medical diagnosis. People are steered towards surgical, pharmaceutical or appliance-based interventions without considering what they can do themselves to improve their breathing habits.
The good news is you can learn to breathe again the way you did when you did not snore or intermittently stop breathing (sleep apnoea). You can learn to breathe in such a way that your airways are less likely to go into spasm; you can learn to breathe in a way that calms you and brings on the body’s relaxation response rather than the ‘fight or flight’ stress response. And its simple and commonsense.
This website is dedicated to informing you of your rights – your right to understand how your body works; your right to have the ability to breathe well.
Welcome to BreatheAbility.
I’m Tess Graham, a physiotherapist who has been researching breathing and working as a breathing educator for over two decades. I want you to know there is a safe, natural and highly effective way to relieve sleep and breathing problems. And that is breathing retraining. Getting back to the fundamentals of good breathing can make all the difference to what happens when head meets pillow. And to how much oxygen reaches your brain with every breath you take.
Check out your breathing with our “Faulty Breathing Quiz“.
Learn more about the link between faulty breathing habits and:
* snoring and sleep apnoea
* asthma and nasal problems
* insomnia, anxiety and panic disorder
See our science section; blogs & articles on: snoring in pregnancy, truckies & apnoea …..
Resources to help you breathe well again
The book – Relief from Snoring and Sleep Apnoea has a step-by-step guide to quiet restful sleep and better health through changing the way you breathe.
Breathing Exercise Instruction CD – a companion to the book, talks you through exercises to breathe better immediately
At BreatheAbility International we believe that getting your breathing right is the foundation of true health and wellbeing.
“The best sleep in decades” is the most frequently heard comment the morning after beginning to implement better breathing habits.
“……it’s been 15 days since I last snored. I no longer stop breathing – known as sleep apnoea – and the missus doesn’t get woken up by the tiles rattling to the tune of my thunderous opera. It’s been a remarkable turnaround in a few short weeks…..” Excerpt from the Canberra Times – Relax- Sunday October 21 2012 by David Polkinghorne.