How The 'Lost Art' Of Breathing Can Impact Sleep And Resilience A "Fresh Air" Interview about airway health
Posted on 6/3/2020 by Foundation for Airway Health
May 27, 2020 - In journalist James Nestor's new book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, he explores the critical importance of breathing the way nature intended: through the nose with mouth shut. "This is the way your body wants to take in air," Nestor says. "It lowers the burden o[n] the heart if we breathe properly and if we really engage the diaphragm." Mr. Nestor experienced this first-hand, participating in a study that called for his nose to be completely blocked for ten days, forcing him to breathe through his mouth. "It was not a pleasant experience."
"'I went from snoring a couple minutes a night to, within three days, I was snoring four hours a night,' he says of the forced mouth-breathing. 'I developed sleep apnea. My stress levels were off the charts. My nervous system was a mess. ... I felt awful.'"
In the interview Nestor says, "The nose filters, heats and treats raw air. Most of us know that. But so many of us don't realize — at least I didn't realize — how [inhaling through the nose] can trigger different hormones to flood into our bodies, how it can lower our blood pressure ... how it monitors heart rate ... even helps store memories. So it's this incredible organ that ... orchestrates innumerable functions in our body to keep us balanced."