What is insomnia?
Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or returning to sleep. It is classified as a sleep disorder. If insomnia occurs night after night it can be debilitating. It is estimated that up to 25 per cent of the population suffer from insomnia at some stage of their lives, and about 10 per cent have chronic insomnia.
What is the breathing connection?
While not as obvious as it is with snoring, an unconscious overbreathing habit is common in people who suffer from insomnia. It is there contributing to a hyper-arousal state that prevents sleep. Overbreathing excites your brain and makes muscles tense. Your adrenal glands pump out the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. None of this is conducive to sleep.
Breathing Retraining Courses and Self-Help Programs
Learning to control your breathing can make a big difference in both managing and preventing anxiety and insomnia. Controlled breathing is very calming. It’s a natural sedative. It enhances the autonomic nervous system’s parasympathetic state – the resting state. It’s a wonderful tool to have to calm your mind, calm your nervous system, calm your body and get off to sleep.
Take the Faulty Breathing Quiz
While it is important to identify and address the cause of insomnia, the better your baseline breathing pattern, the less likely you are to experience it.