Great Energy with Breathing Retraining (not Breathing Exercises)
Breathing exercises may or may not increase feeling energized naturally 24/7, but breathing retraining virtually always make my students to feel and be energetic when they slow down their automatic breathing back to the medical norm or breathe even slower and less than the physiological textbooks suggest. Furthermore, there is a simple breathing test that reflects oxygen levels and energy levels at the same time.
Large results for the body oxygen test (see how to measure control pause), as I have seen in my students and many breathin teachers,
mean that all tissues, including the muscles, have normal or high amounts of oxygen, and the body is full of energy, vitality
and alertness. Indeed, a person with a CP of over 60 s can walk up 3-4
flights of stairs while holding his/her breath and can resume light
nasal breathing at the top. It is difficult to imagine that physical
activity is hard for him/her.
Normal breathing means enjoyment of
physical activity and a lot of energy. It is also not a problem for a person
with a CP of over 60 s to be physically active for 8, 10, or 12 hours.
Activities can include walking, gardening, or doing various physical jobs around
the house every day without feeling tired. Such a person would be happy
and willing to do some physical activity or job at any time of day.
Furthermore, such people usually have a natural craving for physical exercise, while sleep is naturally reduced to about 4 hours without deliberate restrictions.
When we consider sick people with their
10-15 seconds CP, frequent or constant complaints about feeling tired and
a lack of energy are normal. Due to abnormal excitement, the brain can
get “creative” and it can easily invent “reasons” and “theories” why
certain errands or jobs are undesirable or not possible. Coffee,
chocolate, and sugar are among the addictive substances frequently used to boost
energy levels. Without such stimulants, it can be hard and stressful to
force oneself to do work.
Chest breathing and
mouth breathing make symptoms of fatigue
and low energy much worse.
Are there any medical studies? According to their article in the Journal of Royal Society of
Medicine (Rosen et al, 1990), a group of British doctors from the
Department of Cardiology in Charing Cross Hospital, London, tested 100
consecutive patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue disorder. Ninety-three patients had chronic
hyperventilation. If the doctors had used a stricter definition of
hyperventilation (less than 40 mm Hg CO2 in blood), probably all 100
patients would have been diagnosed with chronic hyperventilation.
When the CP is critically low (e.g., less than 10 s), chronic
fatigue is a typical experience for most people. Hospitalized and
severely sick patients usually have low CPs. They have very little, if
any, desire to exercise (even lightly) or walk. Physical effort
could, indeed, cause acute episodes and severe problems with their health.
Healthy people can also temporarily have very low CPs when they, for
example, are severely sick with influenza, infection, or fever. So,
many healthy people can also experience chronic fatigue due to
hyperventilation. Just measure your CP next time when you get a cold or
However, when their CPs are low, not all people are going to
complain that they are tired. Some individuals can be mentally excited
and physically active, while others, especially children, may be
restless and hyperactive (e.g., with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder). That happens because of our individual responses to deep
automatic breathing. However, normal breathing means having a lot of energy naturally.
Rosen SD, King JC, Wilkinson JB, Nixon PG, Is chronic fatigue
syndrome synonymous with effort syndrome? Journal of the Royal Society
of Medicine, 1990 Dec; 83(12): 761-764.