Why Better Breathing Doesn’t Always Lead to Better Health [Podcast 44]

In this episode, Kathy and I will reveal “Why Better Breathing Doesn’t Always Lead to Better Health.”

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Here are 7 of these reasons below. Please listen to the recording to find out more.

1. You can’t control your breathing when you’re sleeping
2. You don’t know you’re not breathing well
3. You can’t control your sleep position or posture at night
4. Not all breathing is equal
5. The oxygen myth: Lack of breathing, not lack of oxygen
6. Despite high levels of oxygen in your bloodstream, it may not reach certain areas of your body under stress
7. Stress-Breathing Paradox


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4 thoughts on “Why Better Breathing Doesn’t Always Lead to Better Health [Podcast 44]

  1. Sometimes I find myself mouth-breathing during the day, so I try to shut my mouth and breathe through my nose. However it makes me feel short of breath and I find myself a few minutes later with my mouth open again. It does not happen all the time, just sometimes. What is happening in my body that makes it think I am better off with my mouth open?

  2. Wonderful Dr Park and Kathy! Another great interview.
    When I ordered your book, I also ordered Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers on Audible. Both were great! Thank you. Now I am wondering where my stress response is coming from and am mindful of what is going on in my life and of not pushing too hard. I keeping thinking because I don’t wake refreshed even though my nightly CPAP report is excellent– that I must have something going on at night to create a stress response. I’ve asked my PCP to give AM and PM saliva cortisol– but they come back generally within range.
    I am wondering if all those years I ignored my sleep apnea symptoms (14 years) while trying to use New Age techniques to approach the problem did more harm than a normal knucklehead would have encountered. Sounds like that is what happened based on your comments in the podcast. Not only did I delay getting help, but it actually allowed the condition to progress from moderate OSA to severe– by the time I ground my teeth down and created issues with exhaustion. Now, I am wondering if a stress response pattern got locked into my physiology, and my body is still reacting as if I am under attack– even though my sleep, day and night breathing are corrected. If so– how to diagnose and how to get out of this?
    Thanks again– you are doing such great and much needed work!

  3. Jay,

    From what I can tell, it’s a laser procedure that’s used to stiffen the soft palate. There are a number of similar options to stiffen the palate including injection snoreplasty, radiofrequency palate ablation, and Pillar implants. They all work to various degree for snoring and less effectively for OSA. I have not seen any research results on this new technology.