• No one knows exactly what sleep is for, but suffice to say it must be necessary because all animals do it and people feel out of sorts when they do not get sufficient sound sleep. Healthy breathing during sleep Breathing increases and decreases automatically in line with the level of metabolism, or how much work the body is doing at any given time. Because sleep lowers metabolism, healthy breath...
  • Do you frequently have a blocked nose?Hyperventilation makes it harder for nasal-breathing to be easy to do, and so the first exercise any Buteyko teacher will show you is how to unblock your nose the...
  • It comes up repeatedly in our Buteyko courses that people are not aware of what their asthma medication does. As one person wrote after a course, " Doctors assume I understand what and why things...
  • The word 'asthma' comes from the Greek word for "panting" and to most people, it means attacks of difficulty breathing. The usual symptoms include chest tightness, shortness of bre...
  • Someone told me once that he had been using a blue inhaler and a brown one for the best part of twenty years. He had been told to take both of them at the same time - blue first, then brown - and he a...
  • Breathing correctly makes our body balanced. Is your breathing doing the best it can for you? The air that we breathe is mostly nitrogen (78%), with about 21% being oxygen and the rest being traces...
  • What many people who have obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) issues do not realise is that there is a problem with their breathing pattern before they stop breathing, and it is this abnormal breathing tha...
  • The cornerstone of asthma management and measurement of control is the lung function test. As people age there is normally a reduction in lung function, but in asthmatics this decline is accelerated.(...
  • I breathe too much and I get less oxygen into my muscles? That doesn't sound right, yet it's true. Well over a 100 years ago Danish scientist, Christian Bohr made the discovery that you nee...
  • "We are what we eat" is not only an old saying, but a very true one. Therefore, foods are often one of the first things considered as you try to work out why you have poor health, or strange...
  • Do you ever count so many sheep while trying to get off to sleep that you think that they are practically friends? Russell Stark almost thought that he was part of the flock until he learned the Butey...
  • Conventional thinking about asthma teaches you to live with it because it is not understood by most people that it is possible to rid yourself of it by changing your breathing pattern. In order to liv...
  • If you have health problems with several different body systems, and tests reveal little or nothing wrong with you, check out your breathing. In the days of paper medical files, people who had lots o...
  • Is your child the one who always leaps up and knocks things over, appears not to hear, or runs off when you are telling a story? A person who lacks concentration on the situation at hand may have a br...
  • Do you feel that you have an abnormal lack of fitness and ability to exercise for your age? The Buteyko Method is about good breathing and good health, so it is a useful adjunct to any get fit plan. ...
  • An old English proverb says "Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool", but this generalisation doesn't seem to fit everyone, or else there are a lot of fools a...
  • People often ask if Buteyko is just another tool to activate diaphragmatic breathing because they have tried this in the past and found it largely unhelpful. This is probably partly because the wester...
  • What is Hyperventilation? The purpose of breathing is to maintain a constant pressure of both oxygen (that is obtained from the air) and carbon dioxide (that is produced by the body). Because differe...
  • Because breathing is taken care of by the brain, it is not something that is given a lot of thought unless you have trouble with it, and breathing is seldom checked by a doctor unless you are very unw...
  • When doctors say that there's nothing wrong with you because all the tests come back negative, yet you still have sweaty hands, sweaty head, jelly legs, pounding heart and a strong urge to leave ...
  • Hyperventilation sets off lots of different symptoms that can affect any part of the body. The ones that most people complain about as embarrassing are: Frequent Urination: The need to urinate more f...
  • As well as letting in a lot more dust, pollen and other rubbish into the lungs, breathing through the mouth can cause all kinds of physical problems to the growing child. If your child has become a h...
  • People with asthma have up to seven times more smooth muscle tissue wrapped around their airways. This means that the muscles are much stronger and thicker, so when they squeeze or spasm, the asthmati...
  • What is it like being the parent of an asthmatic?If you are already a parent, or are planning on becoming one sometime soon, then understanding what it means to have an asthmatic child is something th...
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a condition where the airway gets sucked together or collapses as the person inhales. Chest movement indicates that the person is trying to breathe, but is unable t...
  • We all know that we can't live without oxygen, so how is it possible to breathe for another person by doing Expired Air Resuscitation or Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation? It is only possible because...
  • To the sufferer of hay fever or allergic rhinitis, breathing through your nose is often almost impossible. And while it is not a life-threatening condition, it is exhausting and absolutely no joke. ...
  • Hyperventilation, or an unnaturally high breathing pattern, is frequently thought of as the type of breathing that might occur with stage fright or a panic attack, yet it can be far more subtle than t...
  • Inflammation is frequently caused by external things, such as pollens, dust, cold air or germs. It comes as somewhat of a surprise then that many asthmatics are prescribed the twice-daily use of power...
  • Sometimes I see children who only seem to have their mouth closed when eating, yet I am sure that if the teaching of keeping your mouth closed while eating could spill over into the rest of the day th...
  • Having to breathe through a half-blocked nose can wear you out, shorten your temper and be generally debilitating because it lowers energy. Sinus problems are exacerbated by very dry air that is laced...
  • Snoring has been the brunt of jokes for centuries, but medical research now shows that it's no laughing matter because chronic loud snoring is a precursor to its dangerous cousin, Obstructive Sle...
  • Eczema or dry, itchy skin is irritated by a poor breathing pattern because when you breathe more air than is required, blood vessels draw away from the skin. If you do this for any length of time, the...
  • Find out how to reduce your stress with Buteyko in the CoSozo magazine.
  • Only use short-acting bronchodilators, such as Ventolin or Bricanyl to treat actual symptoms. If you need to use your short-acting bronchodilator more than three times a week, then take an inhale...
  • There are a few Golden Rules that help to make Buteyko work well for you: Be aware of your breathing - Without being obsessive, try to catch yourself breathing in an abnormal manner for the level o...
  • As the title of Sally Gething's book implies, not having enough salt in your diet can cause you health problems, yet this thought generally goes against what we have been repeatedly told over the...
  • Common symptoms of hyperventilation, like shortness of breath, running nose and chest pain can be found in other diseases or conditions, and while the symptoms are obvious, hyperventilation is often q...
  • It is a medical recommendation to use the smallest dose of asthma medication to provide you with the best control, yet patients are seldom, if ever, asked to try a smaller dose. Instead they remain on...
  • Can both your sleep clinic tests and Buteyko be right? You might stop breathing in your sleep, or you have been told that you don't have enough air flow for some of the time and so your oxygen l...