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Do you have a breathing pattern disorder?
Typical symptoms are:
- Frequent sighing and yawning
- Breathing discomfort*
- Disturbed sleep
- Erratic heartbeats*
- Feeling anxious and uptight
- Pins and needles
- Upset gut/nausea
- Clammy hands
- Chest Pains*
- Shattered confidence
- Tired all the time
- Achy muscles and joints
- Dizzy spells* or feeling spaced out
- Irritability or hypervigilance
- Feeling of 'air hunger'
- Breathing discomfort
*Check with your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
Try checking your breathing:
Our natural breathing pattern is:
- Breathing in and out through the nose
- Low chest/abdominal pattern
- 10-14 breaths per minute
- A relaxed pause at the end of the out-breath
When in doubt. breathe out.