Un-stuff Your Stuffy Nose For Better Sleep [Video #2]

Whether or Not You Use CPAP

In this video I’m going to reveal why it’s so vitally important for you to breathe well through your nose if CPAP is going to work for you. Whether or not you have obstructive sleep apnea, good nasal breathing is vital for optimal health. This is the second in a series of 4, information-packed, educational videos on how you can be successful in using CPAP to help you get the sleep for the life you want. I will post each successive video every few days.

In this 8 minute video, I will discuss:

  • How good nasal breathing can increase oxygen uptake by up to 20%
  • 5 ways to breathe better through your nose
  • How nasal surgery can increase CPAP use by up to 5 hours.

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7 thoughts on “Un-stuff Your Stuffy Nose For Better Sleep [Video #2]

  1. Dear Dr,
    Very informative video but you do not talk about the most important way to clear one’s nose. It’s the Buteyko Breathing exercise that all patients learn first when they re-establish healthy breathing patterns. I will describe it here but it’s easier if I can show you on Zoom.
    Normal inhale. Normal exhale. Close the mouth and pinch nose. Hold the breath on the exhale and nod your head up and down 5 – 15 times (whatever can be comfortably done). Release the nose. Gently inhale. A clearer nose will result. With continued nose breathing, the nose will continue to function well. If the mouth opens at the end of the exercise or shortly afterwards, the effect will be lost. If the nose is not completely clear, this exercise is done again a few breaths later. If the nose is stubbornly stuffed, there is a more heavy-duty version of this Buteyko exercise.

  2. Gosh, I wish I could breathe through my nose. I’ve tried medications, irrigation, immunotherapy, and had nasal surgery. I’m told my case probably has mixed causes. Seems like medicine just doesn’t have an answer to this problem for me today, short of radical solutions like turbinectomy. I’m suspicious that a small nasal cavity may also be a factor.

  3. I grew up with a stuffy nose. After I optimized my CPAP therapy, I’m enjoying the best health of my life. After seven years, no sinus infections or stuffy nose. And, I became a 99% nose breather. Plus, my wife loves that I no longer snore. Tnx

  4. I have a slight deviated septum that blocks right nostril. I use an adhesive bandage strip(3 inch) to stick one end of it slightly closer to the nose or sometimes in slightly on the side of the nose where I suspect the blockage happens, hold it with one finger and stretch the other end over the cheek and stick it. This opens up the blockage enough for free breathing. I found this simple technique which is very helpful during sleep.