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Our clinics by author and practitioner Patrick McKeown are based on the work of the Late Russian Dr Konstantin Buteyko whose breathing method addresses rhinitis, mouth breathing and chronic overbreathing; all of which are significant factors for snoring, sleep apnoea and insomnia.Persons with snoring and sleep apnoea have developed a habit of heavy breathing during sleep. For example, if you listen to the breathing of an individual during snoring, it will be heavy, noisy, loud and large. It is not just that the airways are too small, but that their breathing volume is too large. This excessive breathing volume causes vibration of respiratory structures including the uvula and soft tissue at the back of the throat.
Sleep apnoea is a progression of snoring. The most common form is obstructive sleep apnoea which occurs when the airways close to prevent the flow of air to and from the lungs. Having a blocked nose, mouth and chronic overbreathing plays a crucial role in causing both snoring and sleep apnoea.
Our program teaches how to unblock the nose and correct breathing volume towards normal. When breathing is normal, calm and quiet- snoring stops without the need for invasive procedures.
Video presentation of what we do
Mouth Breathing causes snoring and sleep apnoea
Nasal congestion causes snoring and sleep apnoea
Mouth breathing children are at high risk of developing sleep apnoea
Sleeping position affects severity of snoring and sleep apnoea
Asthmatics are at high risk of snoring and sleep apnoea
What causes snoring
What causes sleep apnoea
What we do
- Simple exercise to unblock the nose
- Switch to nasal breathing permanently
- Applying breathing exercises to reset the respiratory centre to normal levels
- Guidelines to ensure quiet and normal breathing during sleep
Overbreathing simply means breathing a volume of air greater than required. It is a habit whereby the respiratory centre in the brain becomes programmed to maintain heavy breathing. For most people, overbreathing is subtle. It is hidden, which is why it often goes undetected. The typical breathing characteristics include:
Breathing through the mouth, audible breathing during rest, regular sighs, regular sniffing, irregular breathing, holding the breath (apnoea), taking large breaths prior to talking, yawning with big breaths, upper chest movement, movement of shoulders while breathing, lot of visible movement, effortful breathing, heavy breathing at night.
Hundreds of thousands of people have attended Patrick McKeowns courses, read his books and viewed his online videos to sucessfully address snoring, sleep apnoea, asthma, rhinitis and more. Instruction is simple, easy to incorporate into your way of life and has no side effects. Additional benefits include increased energy, better concentration, better breathing, unblocked nose and improved sleep.
Symptoms from snoring and sleep apnoea include day time fatigue, poor concentration, anxiety, difficulty getting out of bed in the morning, needing to use the bathroom during the night, dry mouth in morning, restless sleep, increased risk of car accidents and cardiovascular problems.