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?
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
Is it normal and
healthy to remember dreams? Should I worry that I donít?
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.
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?
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.
If I sleep fewer than
my usual seven hours one night, should I catch up the next day?
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.
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.
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
Is it possible to
hyperventilation through the nose?
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
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
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