Hyperventilation Symptoms | Signs and Symptoms of Hyperventilation
Hyperventilation symptoms are often divided into acute and chronic. However, in most cases, doctors assume that hyperventilation is easily recognizable and not so common. On the contrary, over 90% of modern normal subjects hyperventilate at rest (see Hyperventilation prevalence web page with the Graph and Table that reflect historical changes in minute ventilation rates during the last 80 years) and it is not easy to notice.
Chronic hyperventilation causes a variety of symptoms due to dozens of physiological abnormalities created by alveolar hypocapnia (low CO2 in the alveoli of the lungs) in each system of the human body. We have already considered over a hundred of medical research studies that have proven that chronic hyperventilation and abnormal respiratory parameters is a typical clinical finding in heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, HIV-AIDS and many other disorders (see links below).
Furthermore, available clinical evidence and controlled trials of breathing techniques suggest that all common manifestations of many diseases are chronic hyperventilation symptoms.
Furthermore, decades of medical research have confirmed dozens of biochemical effects of hyperventilation that include cell hypoxia, chronic inflammation, generation of lactic acid and free radicals due to anaerobic cellular respiration, excessive mucus production, bronchoconstriction, vasoconstriction, over-excited state of nerve cells, coughing, sighing, dyspnea or shortness of breath, and many others. These effects and related medical references can be found on related web pages (see CO2 links below).
It is not a surprise than that there are many seemingly different symptoms of chronic hyperventilation since CO2 performs dozens of vital functions in the human body (see links below). These hyperventilation symptoms are listed below, as well as their physiological mechanisms. In addition, most chronic hyperventilation symptoms have simple solutions that are based on reduced breathing (or breathing less). There are, however, in some cases, important practical details in order to perform breathing exercises safely.
Warning. The hyperventilation treatment options suggested below relate only to acute episodes. For permanent breathing normalization it is necessary to follow the program of breathing retraining (the Section Learn).
Common hyperventilation symptoms and simple treatment options
symptoms of hyperventilation:
- Dyspnea is labored or difficult breathing characterized by uncomfortable awareness about own breathing at rest or at exertion and is caused by hyperventilation
- Shortness of breath (also known as dyspnea or breathlessness) is difficult or labored breathing accompanied by unpleasant awareness about own breathing. For causes, visit What causes shortness of breath.
- Difficulty breathing (aka dyspnea or shortness of breath) is also labored breathing accompanied by unpleasant awareness about own breathing
- Breathlessness and labored breathing is the same term. (When the mainstream medicine is confused, it invents many names for the same phenomenon.)
- Sighing is usually defined as an involuntary inhalation that is 1.5-2 times greater than the usual tidal volume
- Bronchoconstriction is constriction of airways that is caused by alveolar hypocapnia (lack of CO2). Inflammation and extra mucus may occur
- Bronchospasm is narrowing of bronchi and bronchioles due to alveolar hyperventilation
- Hypoxemia (low levels of oxygen in the blood), in cases of chronic diseases, is most likely to be caused by chronic hyperventilation.
Asthma-related symptoms of hyperventilation and their treatment:
- Sports induced asthma and how to prevent it
- Asthma symptoms, signs, allergies and medication: Effects of breathing retraining on asthma symptoms, allergies and required medication
- Stop acute asthma exacerbation in 2-3 minutes with a simple breathing exercise (up to 90% of asthma attacks can be prevented without using ventolin and other broncnodilators).
- Stop heart attack - Angina pain can be reduced without medication as well since it has a single cause (hypoxia in the heart muscle on a cellular level and chronic hyperventilation as the physiological cause)
- Heart palpitations - There are simple physical causes of heart palpitations: a lack of grounding (Earthing), low CO2 and O2 levels in heart tissue. Therefore, one can stop heart palpitations with normalization of these key body parameters.
Problems with nerves and mind:
- How to relax your mind: easy breathing exercise to calm overexcited nerve cells in 2-3 minutes
- How to calm nerves with reduced breathing that increases CO2 and O2 levels in brain cells.
- Cough: Causes, symptoms, effects and treatment
- Dry cough:- Causes and remedies
- Persistent cough remedies: Easy breathing exercises to stop chronic coughing
- Cause of cough: A general overview of the physiological mechanism that makes coughing chronic or persistent
- Get rid of cough: The main breathing exercise (treatment of hyperventilation) that is used during bouts of coughing to stop them faster and reduce the damage caused by coughing to airways, lungs, and all body cells
- How to cure a cough in 2-3 minutes, using Buteyko reduced breathing exercise
- Stop coughing naturally: A simple breathing technique to stop bouts of coughing and reduce their damage to alveoli in the lungs, airways, and all other cells
- Stop coughing at night: A breathing technique and exercise to reduce duration and severity of night coughing. A similar exercise is used for insomnia problems
- Best cough treatment: The permanent solution to chronic problems with whooping cough, dry cough (or chesty cough), coughing at night, and coughing in children.
- Sore throat remedies and how to get rid of a sore throat: Causes and a simple breathing exercise to treat sore throat.
- Excessive yawning and how to stop yawning a lot: Causes and a simple breathing exercise that stop constant yawning in nearly 1 minute.
How to get rid of phlegm:
- How to get rid of phlegm: Rules and requirements in order to get rid of existing mucus and stop production of excessive phlegm.
Fluid in lungs:
- Fluid in lungs may relate to habitual chest breathing causing alveolar hypoxia or lack of electrical grounding of the human body.
- How to fall asleep fast breathing exercise has a very high success rate: over 90% of people significantly reduce their problems with insomnia.
- Home remedies for chronic constipation
- Constipation causes: Low body oxygen levels
- Constipation pain relief: How to relieve constipation pain using 1-2 minutes simple breath work
- How to relieve constipation in 1 min (breathing exercise).
rhinitis, and related conditions:
- Nasal congestion: Its causes, mechanism, and treatment
- Sinusitis: Causes, pathophysiology and treatment
- How to get rid of a stuffy nose: Very easy breathing exercise
- Runny nose: Causes, mechanisms, and solutions
- How to stop a runny nose: Immediate and permanent solutions to problems with allergic rhinitis, and other conditions causing running nose
- Stuffy nose: Main causes (infections and allergies) and remedies
- How to clear a stuffy nose in 1-2 min using a simple breathing exercise
- Unblock the nose naturally in 2-3 min (breathing exercise)
- How to stop a bloody nose: In cases of nose bleeds, you need to hyperventilate so that to reduce blood flow and prevent excessive blood losses.
- Night sweats are based on factors that cause heavy breathing and low body O2.
- Frequent urination can be triggered by numerous conditions, but there is usually one and the same prime cause.
- Poor circulation is a classic sign of overbreathing.
- Feeling cold all the time: This symptom most commonly present in people with low body O2 levels, while sedentary lifestyle is an additional factor for those who do not run. (Other forms of exercise usually provide only a temporary relief.) At winter times, people with high CPs can get this symptom and solve it with 3-5 tablespoon of dairy cream per day.
- Headache after exercise usually relates to mouth breathing during exercise.
Acidity in body cells:
- Acidity symptoms correlate with body O2, and a simple DIY body oxygen test and heredity predict the expression of this factor in body symptoms.
- How to get glowing skin with 3 crucial factors for success.
- Dark circles under eyes signify reduced blood flow and poor oxygenation of the skin, together with possibly suppressed immune system
- Bags under eyes indicate abnormal water transport due to faulty active transport of chemicals (especially salts or ions) caused by low O2 levels in tiny pumps.
- Caffeine addiction is based on reduced brain and body-oxygen levels, while coffee and caffeine containing substances provide a temporary relief from symptoms of hyperventilation
- Coffee addiction can only appear in those people who have low body O2 values due to chest breathing, mouth breathing and hyperventilation
- Learn how to stop an addiction and disrupt a vicious circle using breathing exercises and lifestyle changes.
- How to gain weight fast and naturally using those methods that increase body-oxygen levels, improve liver function, appetite, sleep and energy levels
- How to lose weight without exercise using one simple and totally natural trick: slower and easier breathing that increases blood sugar levels and improves blood flow and circulation with better O2 transport and higher results for the body O2 test
- Why can't I lose weight? There is only one cause: low body oxygenation, poor blood circulation, fatigue and hunger are all caused by heavy breathing.
Inflammation and related symptoms:
- Inflammatory response, as recent studies confirmed, is regulated by the electrical charge of the human body
- While inflammation response appears due to a lack of electrical grounding of the human body, chronic inflammation is caused by reduced circulation and low level of oxygen in cells due to chronic hyperventilation and deficiency of electrons due to static electricity on the human body
- Swelling is a part of the inflammatory response.
|Lifestyle factor:||Body oxygen < 30 s||Body oxygen > 50 s|
|Energy level||Medium, low, or very low||High|
|Desire to exercise||Not strong, but possible||Craving and joy of exercise|
|Intensive exercise with nose breathing||Hard or impossible||Easy and effortless|
|Typical mind states||Confusion, anxiety, depression||Focus, concentration, clarity|
|Craving for coffee, sugar and junk foods||Present||Absent|
|Addictions to smoking, alcohol, and drugs||Possible||Absent|
|Desire to eat raw foods||Weak and rare||Very common and natural|
|Correct posture||Rare and requires efforts||Natural and automatic|
|Sleep||Often of poor quality; > 7 hours||Excellent quality; < 5 hours naturally|
Reference pages: Breathing norms and medical facts:
- Breathing norms: Parameters, graph, and description of the normal breathing pattern
- 6 breathing myths: Myths and superstitions about breathing and body oxygenation (prevalence: over 90%)
- Hyperventilation: Definitions of hyperventilation: their advantages and weak points
- Hyperventilation syndrome: Western scientific evidence about prevalence of chronic hyperventilation in patients with chronic conditions (37 medical studies)
- Normal minute ventilation: Small and slow breathing at rest is enjoyed by healthy subjects (14 studies)
- Hyperventilation prevalence: Present in over 90% of normal people (24 medical studies)
- HV and hypoxia: How and why deep breathing reduces oxygenation of cells and tissues of all vital organs
- Body-oxygen test (CP test) : How to measure your own breathing and body oxygenation (two in one) using a simple DIY test
- Body oxygen in healthy: Results for the body-oxygen test for healthy people (27 medical studies)
- Body oxygen in sick : Results for the body-oxygen test for sick people (14 medical studies)
- Buteyko Table of Health Zones: Clinical description and ranges for breathing zones: from the critically ill (severely sick) up to super healthy people with maximum possible body oxygenation
- Morning hyperventilation: Why people feel worse and critically ill people are most likely to die during early morning hours
References: pages about CO2 effect:
- Vasodilation: CO2 expands arteries and arterioles facilitating perfusion (or blood supply) to all vital organs
- The Bohr effect: How and why oxygen is released by red blood cells in tissues
- Cell oxygen levels: How alveolar CO2 influences oxygen transport
- Oxygen transport: O2 transport is controlled by vasoconstriction-vasodilation and the Bohr effects, both of which rely on CO2
- Free radical generation: Reactive oxygen species are produced within cells due to anaerobic cell respiration caused by cell hypoxia
- Inflammatory response: Chronic inflammation in fueled by the hypoxia-inducible factor 1, while normal breathing reduces and eliminates inflammation
- Nerve stabilization: People remain calm due to calmative or sedative effects of carbon dioxide in neurons or nerve cells
- Muscle relaxation: Relaxation of muscle cells is normal at high CO2, while hypocapnia causes muscular tension, poor posture and, sometimes, aggression and violence
- Bronchodilation: Dilation of airways (bronchi and bronchioles) is caused by carbon dioxide, and their constriction by hypocapnia (low CO2)
- Blood pH: Regulation of blood pH due to breathing and regulation of other bodily fluids
- CO2: lung damage: Elevated carbon dioxide prevents lung injury and promotes healing of lung tissues
- CO2: Topical carbon dioxide can heal skin and tissues
- Synthesis of glutamine in the brain, CO2 fixation, and other chemical reactions
- Deep breathing myth: Ignorant and naive people promote the idea that deep breathing and breathing more air at rest is beneficial for health
- Breathing control: How is our breathing regulated? Why hypocapnia makes breathing uneven, irregular and erratic.
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