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Q) Is there truth in the theory that switching off the TV and reading a boring book before bed will help you to get to sleep?

A) If what you want is to sleep more, then it may well be a good idea, engaging in boring activities dulls the mind and makes you feel sleepy. Hypnotists use a similar technique to induce a trance like state. However, more sleep is not what you should be aiming for.


Q) Is it normal and healthy to remember dreams? Should I worry that I donít?

A) A while it is normal to have dreams, it is not necessarily healthy to remember them, if you do it means that you are not sleeping deeply enough. Although dreams can often be funny, quite surprisingly and even bizarrely entertaining and reassuring in some ways they do not have any physiological value and the fact remember them is an indication of hyperventilation and shallow, unhealthy sleep.


Q) Is it true that snoring at night is harmless if you donít feel drowsy during the day, and you do not have heart or blood pressure problem?

A) No. there no such thing as harmless snoring. Snoring and hyperventilation go hand in hand, so the seeds of health problem are sown, and the symptom will inevitable follow, whether sooner or later.



Q) If I sleep fewer than my usual seven hours one night, should I catch up the next day?

A) Donít be concern about sleeping too little. If you look after your body by practicing your breathing techniques, your body will look after you and you will find that from seven hours sleep will come down to six or even five hours quite comfortable. Breath connection will enable you to sleep deeper and shorter with no negative effects.


Q) I live on my own and afraid to tape my mouth in case my nose gets blocked up and, with nobody around to help I suffocate.

A) Donít be afraid. The tape is not an enforced gag and if at any stage you find it difficult to breathe through the nose, or you panicky, simply rip it off. In time, you will get used to it, and eventually you will keep your mouth closing without needing to tape it. Also, remember that by breathing through the nose you reduce hyperventilation, which in turn will help to prevent your nose from being blocked up.


Q) Is it possible to hyperventilation through the nose?

A) Yes. If you breath deeply and heavily through the nose you are hyperventilation, although not as much as you would be doing by breathing deeply through the mouth.



Q) Is it true that sleep deprived people are more vulnerable to infections because their immune system is weakened?

A) Numerous studies on rats, mice and rabbits appear to have proved that lack of sleep dose weaken the immune system. However, let's take a closer look at what really happens. The animals used in such studies experience high levels of stress. They are taken out of their environment and then in order to deprive them of sleep, they are forcibly kept awake. They may be pushed, shaken, given electric shocks or have water poured either on them or on the floor of their cage. It would therefore seem that stress, together with infection, and not just infection alone, could in fact kill them.



Q) Do 'short' sleep experience a sort of 'mental fatigue' during the day, making them slow in decision making?

A) A person who sleeps less due to stress, a family crisis, pain or illness may well find their judgment and decision making power impaired. This is because their lack of sleep is caused by hyperventilation which means that their brains are being deprived of oxygen. They cannot be expected to function to their best ability.



Q) As the mother of two year old child who suffer from asthma, I am scared to tape his mouth at night.

A) Don't be scare. Do it. But sit near him and watch him all night for the first night. Then you will see that he sleeps better and has fewer asthma problems in the morning. In fact, you should be scared to let him breathe through his mouth, no to prevent him doing it.



Q) My chiropractor has recommended that I sleep on my back, with my arms and legs stretched, as this is best for my spine. Would you agree?

A) No. Your chiropractor has not taken hyperventilation in to account when advocating that you sleep on your back. Hyperventilation can create metabolic disturbance in the body which may result in hormonal imbalance, osteoporosis and arthritis, which can cause back and muscular pains. So sleeping on your back in fact contribute to your back pain rather than alleviate it.



Q) I have heard that sleep disorders can be fatal. Is this true?

A) This is a classic example of modern medicine's misunderstanding of sleep disorder. You may well read studies showing that disrupted sleep intensifies heart and circulation problems, or that chronically poor sleepers will die earlier, or that there is higher incidence of stroke and heart attacks among poor sleepers. However, the misunderstanding lies in the fact that sleep, or lack of it is not the culprits, and is only secondary to an infection.



Q) I was always taught to breathe in sharply through my nose when I run, and out through my mouth, saying 'ha' as I do so. Is that correct?

A) No. You should train yourself to run breathing only through the nose, and with the mouth shut. It is not easy, but it can definitely be done. However, you will probably need to increase your CP in order to achieve it.



Q) My son suffers from cystic fibrosis. He has to practice deep breathing exercise exercise and a coughing technique with a physiotherapist to cough up his sticky mucus three times a day. How can shallow breathing help him?

A) Shallow breathing can help to make sticky mucus thinner, so that it comes out more easily on its own without the coughing technique.


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