- Updated on October 14, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
Blocked nose and mouth breathing are classical signs of hyperventilation (see the image with effects of over-breathing on brain oxygenation). This simple breathing exercise (the most natural remedy) on how to unblock 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 unblock a stuffy 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.
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 unblock a stuffy nose at night naturally (sleep home remedy)
Here are additional details for how to unblock a stuffy nose that lead to success if you decide to try this great home remedy at night during sleep.
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?
Mouth 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.
There are certain criteria for the permanent cure of a stuffed nose. These criteria were tested on thousands of people. Find out about these criteria in the bonus content below. The bonus content is in the next paragraph, but it is hidden until you share it on your social network.
If you retrain your automatic breath pattern so that after your usual exhalation you can easily hold your breath for 25 or more seconds (no stress at all) 24/7, your problems with sinusitis or rhinitis (blocked nose) will disappear and you will not need to unblock the nose again.
Hence, the ultimate natural home remedy to the problem with a blocked nose is to acquire normal breathing parameters 24/7 so as to maintain good body-oxygenation all the time.
More info about how to unblock a stuffy nose and techniques is provided on web pages of this website.
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)
Or go back to Hyperventilation symptoms
Below are authentic comments, questions, and testimonials from the same page on the old PHP site before we converted it to WordPress.
On 2019-04-04T08:03:16, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
Absolutely and in the long term if you get 35 s CP 24/7. Breathing retraining is a way to desensitize the immune system.
In the short term, allergies are to be avoided.
On 2019-04-03T00:27:32, Thomas wrote:
Will it work on congestion caused by histamine/allergies?
On 2019-04-02T05:57:06, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
This can happen. That is why it is called “Unblock the nose” not “Unblock your nostril”.
On 2019-04-01T12:17:18, Thomas wrote:
Sleeping on my stomach it will be the top nostril.
On 2019-04-01T12:16:41, Thomas wrote:
Sometimes during sleep in the early morning hours, I get only one blocked nostril and this technique doesn’t fix it.
On 2019-03-08T04:12:02, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
On 2019-03-07T18:06:09, Steve wrote:
I am in a wheelchair. So I can do the technique laying down?
On 2018-12-12T23:34:27, Anonymous wrote:
Omg. My face felt like it was about to explode i had so much pressure. This WORKS!!! Thank you.
On 2018-12-12T08:05:12, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
Can you please provide the URL link of your social post that you shared with others? Then I will paste the bonus content for you here, in the comments.
On 2018-12-12T04:20:18, Kham wrote:
hi the tweet/share to reveal bonus content isn’t working, I tried posting on google
On 2018-09-10T15:59:55, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
It sounds like a hard case then, while the information you provided is not enough to find the cause. You may get my online help.
On 2018-09-09T14:27:16, Owen wrote:
Thanks, Artour. I find nasal breathing so hard during the day and impossible at night. I have tried the garlic, saline and now I am trying earthing. The methods for unblocking the nose work only for a very short period. I can last for a few hours but then it becomes too stressful to continue. I bought your book and made a DIY device. I can comfortably manage BCP of 10/11 seconds for 20 minutes. If I do this 3 times per day but fail to have nasal breathing 24/7, will my efforts be wasted? Will I maybe make small progress? I also take steps to avoid sleeping on my back.
On 2018-09-09T12:35:00, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
Hard to tell without knowing many personal details, usually it is from 1 to 2 hours per day plus many other changes to ensure solid progress, week after week.
On 2018-09-08T15:58:29, Anonymous wrote:
How much breathwork could I consider in one day with the DIY device? My problem is that my nose is so blocked that I cannot sleep with tape at night and therefore I lose all my progress every night. I am quite active and generally healthy but my Cp is very low – maybe as low as 5.
On 2018-04-26T09:32:34, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
Maybe exercise can do it too.
On 2018-04-25T04:49:30, Ben wrote:
Dr. Artour, this only works briefly for me, but thank you. Do you have any articles on histamine intolerance and how this can lead to allergy reactions? ..or histamine in general.
Other than foods, can exercise release histamine and cause allergic effects?
Thanks for your time.
On 2018-04-18T07:21:12, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
You likely do not have 30 s CP during the day and definitely not in the morning. Most DIY students do not measure the CP correctly.
Thus, you can slow down your breath to genuine 30 or you may try to sleep sitting.
On 2018-04-03T22:39:08, Steve wrote:
Ok, I’ll try and figure something out. EMF is going to be next to impossible to avoid but I’ll see.
When I put the head down lower than my heart my nose completely blocks and turbinates etc engorges with blood. This is why I feel it’s something more than just a trigger.
Maybe my 20 years of mouth breathing has permanently damaged my noses blood vessels and nerves and cannot be fixed :
The good news is that as soon as I get active, like even when easy walking, my nose clears and the turbinates shrink right down I’ve looked up my nose before and straight after exercise). Also, the turbinates shrink and I get clear breathing after breath holds. So there is still hope! Something is still working up there! Thanks again I hope to get back to you with a success story testimonial.
On 2018-04-03T13:11:39, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
It is very likely that you have an environmental trigger such as EMF, back mold, chemicals in the air, or something else.
On 2018-04-02T20:27:24, Steve wrote:
See this is what I feel my problem is, as my cp is increasing, my nose is getting stuffier because it’s taking me longer to feel any stress from breath holds. Now my nose won’t clear as easy.
I really have to breathe so slow and it clears, but I’m concerned it only clears because of the suffocation feeling I’m getting, not so much the slow breathing. I’m getting sick of suffocating!
Hopefully, the sensitivity fixes in my nose. Has this been a problem with any of your students?
Thanks again for your time Artour.
On 2018-04-01T12:25:03, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
It can be one of the effects.
On 2018-04-01T00:00:45, Steve wrote:
Does the nasal passage decongest because the sympathetic nervous system kicks in and opens airways because of the suffocation stress feeling?
From my recent research this opens up airways and I’ve concluded this the reason. Any more input?
On 2018-02-05T09:09:41, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
We had students even with a complete inability to breathe through the nose, but only for the first 1-3 weeks. All used this https://www.normalbreathing.com/book-DIY-breathing-device.php
On 2018-02-05T06:09:02, Anonymous wrote:
I have a blocked nose and have to breathe through my mouth but when suddenly I start to drift to sleep I start chocking on my own saliva and get panicked because my noes is blocked any recommendation
On 2018-01-10T09:19:00, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
You get an anxiety attack because you are too sensitive to sudden CO2 increase not because of a lack of oxygen. Use a gentle version instead https://www.normalbreathing.com/learn-10-buteyko-breathing-exercise-reduced-breathing.php
On 2018-01-09T22:25:54, Rachel May wrote:
Is there another way without nasal spray? I get anxiety attacks when I get out of breath or have less oxygen than normal.
On 2017-12-13T23:09:37, Guillaume wrote:
On 2017-12-13T09:08:05, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
If you are not sleeping on your back, then most likely your immune system is triggered by something in the air, or synthetic fabrics via the skin, or something else. This leads to hyperventilation and lower CPs.
On 2017-12-13T04:48:43, Guillaume wrote:
Hello Dr. Artour, I have a problem: at night, or should I say, while lying horizontally on my bed, my nose tends to fill up with mucus. I am able to get asleep breathing well, with a perfectly clear nose, but then I wake up in the middle of the night with my nose full of mucus.
This has been going on for a month now, and I wanted to know if it is really related to hyperventilating, or something else. I don’t experience any problem during the day.
Maybe I should also mention my throat has been slightly sore ever since it is a really mild soreness)
Thank you very much for your help and your useful blog!
On 2017-11-27T14:15:35, Rowdy Rathor wrote:
It’s amazing. It worked instantly and is fine.
On 2017-10-13T01:22:37, Linda wrote:
Wow! This worked great! As a singer, it gets very frustrating when you have a congested nose! Thank you!
On 2017-10-11T20:41:55, Jeff wrote:
I also found that just sitting and holding your breath works too!
On 2017-10-06T18:48:56, Peter wrote:
Wow, it is superb. I am saved lol.
On 2017-09-19T11:17:37, Anonymous wrote:
I was surprised omg I can go to work now.
On 2017-09-08T19:46:35, Taheera wrote:
This technique saved my life… Thanks a million times over
On 2017-08-29T11:53:30, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
Absolutely correct: it works only while you have normal CO2 levels in your lungs and blood. As soon as you reverse to your chronic overbreathing, the nose gets blocked again.
On 2017-08-28T18:36:03, Sabina wrote:
It Worked for a bit, but then went back to being blocked. So I did it again and resulted in the same thing, it’s good for a short while but goes back to being blocked :
On 2017-08-15T08:56:11, Anonymous wrote:
Wow, it works perfectly.
On 2017-07-03T11:45:25, Pat wrote:
I’ve been struggling with my stuffy nose for the entire day, and now I can breathe! This is amazing! Thank you!
On 2017-06-22T05:55:00, Indira wrote:
oh my god ! it really works thank u thank u thank u …………………. many times.
On 2017-05-12T16:46:56, Dr. Artour (mod) wrote:
On 2017-05-12T03:32:54, My name is Godwin wrote:
it’s my six-year-old baby who has blocking noses, how best can I help her?
On 2017-04-27T20:15:32, Abby wrote:
Thank you for your help.
On 2017-04-19T05:12:34, Anonymous wrote:
This was very helpful.
On 2017-04-09T14:41:52, Anonymous wrote:
It’s like God has appeared!
On 2017-03-31T22:40:02, Anonymous wrote:
OMG it works 100%
On 2017-03-12T03:15:25, Anonymous wrote:
My nose is completely blocked it’s horrible but it worked a bit thanks 😊
On 2017-01-22T23:09:24, Anonymous wrote:
On 2016-11-14T16:00:49, Mathew wrote:
I got inflammation after trying it due to which cough got worse than finally had to book an appointment with an ear nose throat specialist finally. The best advice I would recommend is not to go after such tricks which give quick solution but might not be always helpful. Be careful as it is your body. Go to a doctor directly instead of self-diagnosing the disease.
On 2016-10-14T00:41:32, Alex Franco wrote:
On 2016-09-30T14:24:39, Anonymous wrote:
Thank you, it worked
On 2016-06-22T06:37:03, Artour (mod) wrote:
Yes, and most people require only 40 seconds or less to notice effects. So, some may need to keep air hunger a bit longer.
On 2016-06-21T23:20:51, Anonymous wrote:
The title says “How to Unblock a Stuffy Nose in 1 Min (Breathing Remedy)”
Then I read
Your purpose is to maintain a sensation of air hunger for about 2-3 min….
On 2016-06-12T01:42:28, Manths wrote:
Really amazing… only in some seconds…
On 2016-04-20T23:08:58, Deez Nuts wrote:
On 2016-04-20T23:08:14, Mlee wrote:
Omg, this really works, thank you.
On 2016-04-04T05:59:06, Anonymous wrote:
Thank you, this really works, Thank you, Russian Doctors.
On 2016-02-17T13:26:10, Artour (mod) wrote:
Describe what you did and why it became worse please/ What did you feel or notice?
On 2016-02-16T12:01:31, Imogen wrote:
I tried this technique and it seems to just make my blocked nose worse!
On 2016-01-29T19:08:53, Whatever wrote:
It worked thanks a lot.
On 2016-01-26T19:33:36, Some girl wrote:
Wow, thank you for the information it worked so fast. I can not express how thankful I am. I just did it.
On 2015-09-21T20:46:09, Artour (mod) wrote:
Where did you find the ‘Sleep Home Remedy’?
On 2015-09-21T16:07:14, Anthony wrote:
Hi, thank you for your information…the breathing exercises have helped immensely. I am having issues with breathing at night, both sides of my nose will be congested, but the left side will be completely blocked. Would you mind explaining again the ‘Sleep Home Remedy’?
On 2015-06-21T02:14:50, Anonymous wrote:
Thank you for your help – smile.
On 2015-05-28T11:25:31, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
For children and scared adults, taping can be done only on a side of the mouth or across both cheeks down to keep the jaw in place.
You and a spouse need to tape their mouths for 3-4 nights and show that to the child so that you did that before suggesting the idea to the child. Often, children ask themselves then….
On 2015-05-27T14:55:43, Lori wrote:
Great info here!
Is taping a safe thing to do for a small child? My 6 yo son mouth breathes, but I am concerned about closing his mouth with tape for fear he has some kind of obstruction in his nose.
On 2015-05-12T14:17:50, Bereket wrote:
It actually works.
On 2015-04-21T18:47:11, James wrote:
Thanks for the article.
On 2015-04-12T22:25:37, Chloe wrote:
Omg, that totally works!!!!! But after like an hour it comes back a bit that’s ok. But it really works!!!! 🙂
On 2015-02-02T15:16:07, Artour Rakhimov (mod) wrote:
Sorry, this is how long you were closer to the medical norm for breathing at rest. See the Homepage for details.
On 2015-02-01T13:55:15, Habibah Malik wrote:
Only for 2 minutes.
On 2015-01-22T21:10:44, Katie wrote:
Worked for me👍.
On 2014-12-30T11:26:12, Valeria wrote:
But I still can’t taste anything.. T.T
On 2014-12-06T11:35:30, Tousif wrote:
On 2014-12-04T11:34:36, Ning wrote:
Worked for me 👍.
On 2014-08-20T19:32:49, Anonymous wrote:
Bolshoi Spacibo! Instant remedy.
On 2014-07-24T19:29:37, Lindani wrote:
Wow, it worked for me.
On 2014-02-26T20:29:25, Thomas wrote:
About Rhinitis: ” if the condition persists, the blood vessels lose their capacity to constrict, much like varicose veins. When the patient lies down on one side, the lower side becomes congested, which interferes with sleep. It is helpful to sleep with the head of the bed elevated two to four inches. Surgery is another option that can provide dramatic and long-time relief.”
Am I going to need surgery for my nose? I think this happened to me. Because before when I used antihistamine spray I could sleep through the whole night, but now it doesn’t do anything, and even with a breathe right strip I still get stuffed up at night.
On 2013-11-07T04:27:20, Anonymous wrote:
On 2013-09-16T15:11:43, Artour (mod) wrote:
The very first related article points out to https://www.normalbreathing.com/l-mouth-taping.php
On 2013-09-09T08:41:33, Artour (mod) wrote:
Then you do reduced breathing through the mouth. Using the Frolov breathing device or DIY device is a better long term option to increase body O2 and unblock the nose for good.
On 2013-09-09T05:43:30, Angela wrote:
What to do if your nose is so congested that you just cannot breathe through it at all? sinus problems)
On 2013-08-20T23:40:13, Rhys wrote:
I’ve had a blocked nose since 2008, for 5 years. but I can’t sleep at all all the flem is building up as soon as I lay my head Ive put lots of vic on my nose its a right apain in the backside
On 2013-07-31T07:22:31, Artour (mod) wrote:
You patiently return back and reduce your breath again.
On 2013-07-31T05:43:39, Alastair wrote:
Mr. Artour, What to do if I unconsciously again start heavy breathing, and chest breathing?
On 2013-07-16T02:42:47, becca wrote:
What kind of sorcery is this?
On 2013-04-07T07:37:05, Anonymous wrote:
Woah!! It worked!! Thanks so much!
On 2013-03-04T03:11:26, Anonymous wrote:
What am I doing wrong if it blocks minutes after?
On 2013-02-10T13:03:16, Sid wrote:
It works… But it comes back..😰
On 2012-12-26T16:38:18, ADAM wrote:
OMG THANK YOU FOR THIS AWESOME REMEDY! HAPPY XMAS AND NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!
On 2012-12-19T14:54:09, Atul wrote:
THANK YOU SO MUCH IT WORKED INSTANTLY