FAQs to Snoring.ie
When can I stop using the CPAP?
Thousands of individuals have eliminated their need for the CPAP machine after applying the Buteyko Method. How long this takes varies from individual to individual.
After a number of weeks of applying the Buteyko Method, improvement in your overall health and an increase in your CP, a suggested program for coming off the CPAP in conjunction with your doctor’s advice is as follows.
- Go to bed without wearing your CPAP.
- Set your alarm clock to wake you up two to three hours after falling asleep.
- Check your breathing when you are awoken by the alarm clock.
- If your breathing is heavy, then calm your breathing using the many small breath hold exercise.
- If your symptoms are no worse than if you had used the CPAP, try to fall asleep for the remainder of the night without the CPAP. If you wake up in the morning feeling no worse than your usual night’s sleep, then go to bed on subsequent nights without using the CPAP.
- If your symptoms are worse than usual, then use the CPAP for the remainder of the night.
During the following night, go to bed without the CPAP machine and repeat the guidelines above.
Please note: Do not make changes to the CPAP machine without consulting a medical doctor.
How do we teach it?
The classes are taught to small groups of no more than 10 people. This enables sharing of information, experiences, support and individual tuition.
First day: Each person is taught the basics of the Snoring.ie program
Second day (second week): More in-depth teaching and review of progress
Third day (third week): Completion of training.
What is Snoring.ie refund guarantee?
Snoring.ie guarantee is that if, one month after attending our clinic, you do not experience a substantial improvement in your condition, you may attend a follow-up workshop at no extra charge. If, after attending this follow-up workshop and practising the breathing exercises for one month, you have not experienced a substantial improvement in your condition, you will receive a full refund on the cost of the program.
Why does my coach always instruct me to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth?
Many common myths become enshrined and entrenched in our culture, even though it may not be known why. It is thought that the main benefit to breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth is to rid the body of toxins accumulated in the lungs. However, if the mouth is kept closed in the first place, fewer toxins will enter the lungs. It is known that particles brought in through the mouth, which arrive in the alveoli, remain for 60–120 days before being removed. The disadvantage to breathing out through the mouth is that moisture is lost. Turbinates within the nose trap moisture to reduce dehydration. Mouth breathing, however, does not do this.
My friend is fit, yet his CP is only 15 seconds. Why?
Even though your friend is fit, he is chronically hyperventilating. It is very likely that his fitness would improve if he reversed his heavy breathing. I often address this question through the following analogy.
Person One – Swims underwater for a few strokes and is gasping for air.
Person Two – Swims underwater for four or five times the length that the first person swam.
Which person is the fitter of the two?
Most people will say Person Two. You can then explain that this person has a high CP, whereas Person One has a low CP.
If it is relaxing to take a deep breath, then how is it considered bad?
Yes, if you tense a muscle and then relax it, it feels good. If you take a big breath, you are stretching your thoracic cavity and relaxing it. This contraction feels good. However, the big breath also reduces your carbon dioxide levels, increasing cortical excitability and muscle tension.
Do I need to reduce my breathing all day?
No, you do not need to do so all day, but try to reduce your breathing for a few minutes whenever you can. It is helpful for you to be aware of your breathing all day. On average, you may take 20,000–30,000 breaths per day. This will depend on your CP. Ask yourself how your breathing is, is it big, noisy, and irregular or is it calm, relaxed, and gentle? Whenever you think of your breathing, reduce it. Any time you feel that you are breathing too heavily, stop.
Can I deprive my body of oxygen by breathing too little?
Applying the Buteyko Method will not deprive your body of oxygen. On the contrary, it is more likely that you are depriving your body of oxygen because you are overbreathing. You are breathing heavily until your CP is 40 seconds, which means that you can reduce your breathing until you reach this level. After 40 seconds, there is no need to reduce your breathing.
If I fill the room with carbon dioxide, would this help?
This is debatable. For one thing, your body will only tolerate carbon dioxide to a level that your respiratory centre can realistically tolerate. If your carbon dioxide levels are higher, you will breathe more heavily to eliminate the excess. Some trials have shown beneficial aspects to the inhalation of increased carbon dioxide, while others have not.
I do yoga and my instructor teaches me to breathe heavily. Why is this?
In some instances, I have met people who claim that their asthma worsened as a result of breathing exercises during yoga. It seems that this depends on the instructor. If the instructor encourages heavy breathing, then that is not good for your asthma. If on the other hand, the instructor encourages reduced volume breathing by using breath holds, gentle breathing and correct posture, then this is a beneficial practice.
Why has my snoring not reduced during the week?
The answer to this is whether your CP has improved. You won’t feel an improvement unless your CP increases by more than 5 seconds. You need to place more attention on your breathing during the week.
- Are you breathing heavily? Is your mouth taped closed at night?
- Is your mouth closed during the day?
- Are you suppressing your sighs and yawns?
- Are you sleeping on your left hand side or tummy?
- Are you paying attention to reducing your breathing during the day?
- Are you breathing correctly during physical exercise?
- What is your lifestyle like?
- Are you talking all day?
Talking all day for a living is equal to breathing heavily all day. Hot temperatures, stress, processed foods, etc. all causes heavy breathing. If you have a lot of factors causing you to breathe heavily, then you need to work harder on your breathing to compensate.
If I am doing physical exercise, I can only go slowly with my mouth closed.
Yes, but the quality of your exercise while retaining carbon dioxide is better. If your CP is less than 20 seconds, then it is very important to keep the mouth closed, as one hyperventilates easily upon the slightest exertion. When the CP is greater than 20 seconds, it is more likely that metabolic increases of carbon dioxide are greater than its loss. You can keep your mouth open for a short period when your CP is high. To determine whether you are exercising correctly, your CP one hour after you exercise should have increased by 25%.
I feel a constant need for air.
Yes, this is because you are breathing heavily and are trying to take a large volume of air through your nose. As your CP increases, your volume decreases and your shortage of air will disappear.
It is very difficult to set time aside to do exercises.
If this is the case, then try to do your exercises informally. If you drive, read, watch TV or are waiting for someone, then adopt correct posture and reduce your breathing. Try to get a walk in each day. If your job involves physical labour then reduce your breathing wherever you can. Do mini steps and breath holds combined with physical activity. You will know whether you are doing enough by how you feel.
If I change the number of breaths per minute, surely that will correct my breathing.
No, it won’t. Many breathing exercises are aimed at reducing the number of breaths one takes per minute. For example, a person with a low CP could take 20 breaths per minute. Assuming that each breath represents 500 ml of air, then the volume per minute is 10 litres. If the rate was reduced to 10 breaths per minute, then each breath may increase in volume to 1 litre. In this instance, volume remains the same, i.e., 10 litres.
How do I know what breathing exercises are beneficial?
If breathing volume is reduced, then one feels a need for air. As a result, the CP should have increased following exercise. If the breathing exercise results in a higher CP, then it is a good exercise.
What is the right-hand rule of the Buteyko Method?
The right-hand rule does not require your attention. The left hand does.
- Comfortable posture. This is achieved by sitting at the corner of a chair in the horse rider position. Sit up straight. Relax your shoulders with your arms down by your side.
- Right of carriage. The chair must not be too hard (deepen breathing) or too soft (not good for posture).
- Feet under chair. Both feet must be tucked underneath the chair and the height of the knees must be lower than the diaphragm. Sit up straight with your head facing forward, not raised and not lowered.
- Closed mouth.
- Eyes closed but looking upwards as if looking out a window from the top of the head. Please note that the head must not be raised upwards, only the pupils.
What is the rule of the left hand?
- Of depth of breathing (breathing less)
- Relaxation of the diaphragm. It is very important that the diaphragm is relaxed. The diaphragm is relaxed through tension. First, draw your stomach in and feel the tension. Then let it relax. It is necessary to switch from upper chest to tummy breathing. This will ensure a relaxed diaphragm, as it will be used instead of becoming tense and rigid. As you breathe in, the tummy gently moves out. As you breathe out, the tummy gently moves in. The tummy area should always be soft. When the tummy is soft, the breathing will be more relaxed. If the tummy gets hard, then stop reduced breathing for a while and then return to it.
- To create a slight need for air (must feel a slight need for air of no more than your CP).
Do little incomplete breaths. Imagine that your chest is a glass. Instead of filling the glass full of air, fill it three-quarters full.
What is the DVBM?
DVBM stands for Deliberate Volitional Breathing Method and is the original name for the Buteyko Method. The name was changed to the Buteyko Method following a suggestion to Dr Buteyko from Buteyko practitioners Chris Drake and Sasha Stalmatski. The method was sometimes called “The Siberian Method of Self Suffocation” by Buteykos’ patients.
Does any group or individual own exclusive rights to the Buteyko Method?
The Buteyko Method is a system of principles and scientific conclusions that are impossible to protect by patents or other legal means. There are no patents granted in Europe or North America.
Who are Konstantin Buteyko’s relative?
Vladimir Konstantinovich Buteyko, Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko’s eldest son from his first marriage, is a living relative of Buteyko. He now lives in Voronezh and is continuing what his father began. His wife, Marina Mikhailovna Buteyko, is the head physician-methodologist of the Buteyko Center in Voronezh. Vladimir and Marina have two children.
Who is the wife of the late Dr Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko?
Susanna Nikolaevna Zviagina is Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko’s second wife. She was still alive and was his official wife at the time of Buteyko’s death. She has never participated in the affairs of the Buteyko Method. Other people using the sirname “Buteyko” and claiming to be Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko’s wives are the result of name changes and not marriage.
As a qualified Buteyko educator or practitioner, do I need an annual license to teach the method?
No, once you have attended recognised Buteyko training, there is no requirement for an annual “license”.
Is a Russian patent of the Buteyko Method applicable outside of Russia?
No. A Russian patent is only applicable in the jurisdiction of Russia. It has absolutely no validity in the United States, Canada or Europe.
Does any person or group have exclusive rights to teach the Buteyko Method?
No one group has special rights to teach or administer the Buteyko method. There are many Buteyko clinics in Russia, including the clinic run by the late Dr Buteyko’s son, Dr Vladimir Buteyko, and his wife. Their website is at www.Buteyko.ru. Dr Vladimir Buteyko is keen to keep the method freely available and does not want any single group or individual to claim monopoly rights.