Question: If you are actively practicing to improve your breathing, when can you expect an effect?
Answer: It differs a lot from person to person when an effect can be expected. Some people will notice improvements immediately, as soon as they start exercising with the Relaxator or after the first night with taped mouth, while it will take a little longer for others.
In general, as in most other cases, a tiny effort produces a tiny result. So I highly recommend that you do the entire training program for 28 days and use all four tools included in the conscious breathing training:
- Become aware of your breathing. Awareness is often the first step to change. The first step in the 7 steps of the Conscious Breathing program is, therefore, to become more aware of your breathing by answering the 20 questions in the breathing index.
- Tape your mouth at night. Many of us have our mouths open while we sleep. Mouth respiration while resting automatically means hyperventilation, in other words, creating an imbalance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Taping your mouth at night with sleep tape is an extremely simple, yet very powerful tool. Since it is not easy to keep an eye on your breathing while sleeping, using sleep tape ensures that your mouth will stay closed during the night and that you will breathe only through your nose. Nasal breathing provides a calmer sleep and minimal energy leakage, which will increase the opportunity for your body to engage in healing, repair and recovery.
- Workout with the relaxator. With the Relaxator breathing trainer, you can improve your breathing habits so that you will breathe more in a way that meets the needs of your body. The Relaxator will help you breathe slower and more rhythmically. It will also improve the muscle tone of your upper respiratory tract and strengthen your diaphragm, your most important breathing muscle.
- Physical activity with your mouth closed. Good respiration begins in your nose. If your nose is tight and you have difficulty breathing through it, it is often a sign of your breathing not optimal. In your nose, under the turbinates, there are erectile tissues. They will puff up if your carbon dioxide pressure is too low, as a defense mechanism, a way to help prevent carbon dioxide outflow, since carbon dioxide leaves your body upon exhalation. Physical activity with your mouth closed will improve your ability to breathe through your nose. As you improve your breathing and restore your carbon dioxide pressure, the nasal erectile tissue will decrease in size, and your nose will then feel less narrow.
More information on the 28 days of conscious breathing training can be found here.