Certain people have a predisposition to breathe through their mouth instead of their nose. When you breathe through your mouth, your brain gets fooled into thinking that carbon dioxide is leaving the body too rapidly. This stimulates the synthesis of mucus, as the body attempts to slow down the breathing.
Nasal breathing is more efficient than breathing through the mouth – in terms of the oxygen supply to your body.
What’s more, the nostrils have an important role to play in filtering and warming the air that enters your lungs. When you exercise in the cold weather, breathing through the nose makes sure that cold air does not go into the lungs and cause a chest pain.
Why Is It Important To Breathe Through Your Nose?
Nasal breathing is most definitely better and healthier than mouth breathing. The lungs take in oxygen from the air, and the oxygen gets absorbed in to the body’s cells when you exhale.
- Air which is inhaled through the nose is warm and moist; hence it does not irritate your airways.
- When you exhale air through your nose, the nose reabsorbs moisture well, thereby decreasing loss of moisture via dehydration.
- Air inhaled through the nose is filtered, i.e. various particles such as – allergens and microbes stick to the mucus lining of the airways and are destroyed by enzymes.
- When you breathe through the nose, it encourages good oral health. Mouth breathing dries out of the gums and increases the acidity in the mouth.
- Breathing through the nose helps in good facial development and having well-aligned teeth.
- Nasal breathing reduces snoring and sleep apnea, and makes sure you have a good night’s rest.
- Breathing through the nose monitors the amount of air you breathe in and out, so that it can successfully match the body’s requirement for oxygen.
How To Practice Breathing Through Your Nose?
Concentrating on breathing through your nose, throughout the day helps you increase nose breathing and reduces breathing through the mouth significantly. Regularity is the key though. Breathing exercises and Pranayama also help a great deal; the nose is smaller than the mouth, hence nasal breathing is slower than mouth breathing and this diminishes your stress.
In case mouth breathing, whilst sleeping is an issue, use nasal strips, that fit over the bridge of the nose and help open up the nasal passages to encourage and support breathing through the nose rather than your mouth.
Equal breath is a wonderful Pranayama technique which helps regularize your breathing. Inhale and count 5; then hold for the count of 2; then exhale for the count of 5 and hold for the count 2. Gradually step up to 8282 or more if you can.