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How to Unblock a Stuffy Nose in 1 Min (Breathing Remedy)

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- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
- Last updated on September 20, 2018

Effects of blocked nose and overbreathing on brain oxygen levelsBlocked nose and mouth breathing are classical signs of hyperventilation (see the image with effects of overbreathing on brain oxygenation). This simple breathing exercise (the most natural remedy) to clear a stuffy nose was developed by Russian doctors. Around 200 MDs taught it to hundreds of their patients with stuffed noses. Most patients, according to the clinical experience of these doctors, could get rid of the blocked nose naturally and resume their nasal breathing in about one-two minutes. This remedy also works for people with chronic nose problems and symptoms of fatigue. This exercise to clear nasal congestion can be applied at night or during sleep as well.

Remedy: How to clear a blocked nose

How to Blocked Woman Nose Pinch your congested nose and walk fast with your blocked nose pinched and your mouth closed the whole time. You probably will be able to make around 20-30 steps. While walking, stay relaxed and hold your breath until you have a strong urge to breathe. Then sit down with your spine totally straight and focus on your breath. After you release your nose, start reduced breathing or breathing less air, without taking deep breaths, and keep the mouth closed. Here are details for this great home remedy.

Instead of taking a big inhalation, take a smaller inhale and then relax all muscles for exhalation, especially the upper chest, diaphragm, and other respiratory muscles. Take another small inhalation and again relax. With each inhalation, keep practicing this reduced or shallow breathing while remaining relaxed.

Your purpose is to maintain a sensation of air hunger for about 2-3 min with a complete relaxation of all muscles of the body. Your breathing may become more frequent during this reduced breathing or shallow breathing, but this is okay.

Reduced breathing to unblock a blocked nose

The success rate for this blocked nose remedy is over 90%. The results are better if a person is able to perform diaphragmatic breathing during this exercise while they are trying to clear a blocked nose.

If later your breathing becomes heavy, your nose will get blocked again. Then you can repeat this exercise.

The YouTube video on the right side explains this home remedy in detail (video duration is about 2 minutes): How to Unblock a Blocked Nose.

How to get rid of a stuffy nose at night naturally (sleep home remedy)

Here are additional details that lead to success if you decide to try this great home remedy at night during sleep.

Woman sleeping Lie on your left side or chest and completely relax all body muscles. Pinch your nose and follow the above instructions related to breath holding and reduced breathing to get a quick relief. If your nose keeps getting blocked again and again, you should increase your body-oxygen levels up to 20 or more seconds. With this amount of oxygen in the body, your nose will stay unblocked all the time.

Breathing patterns and congested nose (sinusitis)

Our automatic breath patterns have a powerful effect on our cell oxygenation and blood supply to all tissues of the body; sinuses included. As soon as your breathing becomes a little deeper or faster, oxygen delivery to body cells decreases. What are the possible causes?

Sick people with mouth breathing, nose blocked and other problemsMouth breathing negatively affects hundreds of physiological processes and reactions in the human body. Sleeping on one's back makes breathing almost 2 times heavier (in terms of minute ventilation), reducing body oxygenation. As a result, supine sleep often leads to mouth breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, anxiety, panic attacks, headaches, cramps, and other symptoms and problems.

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  1. Nasal congestion (From Wikipedia)
  2. How to Treat Nasal Congestion and Sinus Pressure (From WebMD)
  3. Nasal congestion (From MAYO CLINIC)

Related articles and web pages:
How to Tape Mouth at Night or mouth taping technique to prevent mouth breathing during sleep.
Mouth vs. Nose Breathing (Medical review of main physiological effects)
Clear Stuffy Nose in 1-2 Min (Another easy home remedy)
Sinusitis (Cause and proven medical treatment)
Internet Lies About Ideal Sleep Positions (Over 90% of internet resources advise sleeping on one's back)
Sleep Positions (What is the best way to sleep for maximum body oxygenation?)
How to Prevent Sleeping on One's Back (Practical techniques and permanent solutions)

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