We Notice Our Heavy Breathing When It Is 4-5 Times the Norm
Usually, people notice that their breathing is heavy when they breathe more
than 25 L/min at rest (or about 4 times more than the
physiological norm). Why is this? First, there are cultural
or social reasons related to the modern perception
of breathing. Since most people believe in various
breathing myths, especially the deep
breathing myth, they naturally assume, for example, during times of stress
that breathing heavily or deep breathing provides them with more oxygen while oxygen is very important
for health and wellbeing. Hence, instead of being alarmed by their heavy
breathing triggered by whatever reasons, many people even "help" their breathing
to be deeper and faster, while others never learned or were taught that healthy
breathing should be very light and slow. They simply "let it go" in all types of
abnormal situations (lifestyle risk factors), like overeating, sleeping on one's
back, breathing through the mouth, slouching, overheating or abnormal heat
exchange, and many others.
For the same reasons, mouth breathing, for example, also became common,
socially acceptable and even popular, among cover photo girls, about 20-30 years
ago. Many decades ago, the reactions of people to mouth breathing were very
different. The common definition of the phrase "mouth breather" is, according to Urban and old Oxford dictionaries are "moron, stupid person, imbecile". In the past, most people would (correctly) decide that something horribly wrong
took place with the mouth breather. This is surely an example of breathing too heavily.
Another reason of our
poor awareness about our breathing relates to mechanics
of breathing. Air is weightless, and breathing muscles are powerful. During
rigorous physical exercise we can breathe up to 100-150 l/min. Some athletes can
breathe up to 200 l/min. So it is easy to breathe "only" 10-15 l/min at rest (or
about 10% of our maximum capacity), throughout the day and night and not be
aware of this rate of breathing. However, in health, we should breathe only about 3-4% of our maximum breathing
rate. When people have normal breathing, they have nearly no perception or awareness because normal breathing is so small in tidal volume (500 ml) and very slow in its respiratory frequency (only 10-12 breaths/min).
It is nevertheless normal during rigorous exercise to breathe, 50 or more l/min
since, while exercising, CO2 and O2 concentrations in the arterial blood can
remain nearly the same as at rest.
How one can check changes in own breathing rate
It is not easy to notice changes in breathing even for many advanced
breathing students. The solution for this challenge is
the CP or body oxygenation test (stress-free
breath-holding time after usual exhalation) that provides an accurate assessment
of one's breathing for over 95% of people. [There is only a small group of
people with panic, anxiety, migraines, and hypertension who should temporarily
avoid this stress-free test due to unpleasant symptoms and stress that can
appear after the test and present for many hours or minutes afterwards. They can
control their health progress using their heart rate.]
Hence, if your breathing rate (or minute volume) at rest slightly increases
due to risk lifestyle factors, your CP will be the most accurate measurement
tool to notice the change. It is an indispensable test to check your breathing
changes in the morning (immediately after waking up), for nutritional
deficiencies, physical exercise (next morning CP), overeating, and many other
Conclusion: The CP is an accurate test that will help you to notice
even slight changes in your breathing. Use it, if it is safe for you, in all type of
situations to monitor how your organism reacts to environmental and other
Do you know that for over 90% of people heavy breathing takes place during the same part of the day. And this is exactly the same part of the day when severely sick people experience chances of acute attacks (exacerbations) and even highest mortality due to these attacks? You can find more details about this part of the day (with many clinical references) right below here, as your bonus content.
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