- Published: November 6, 2019
- Written by Sasha Yakovleva
Absolutely! Nasal breathing might not make you completely healthy, but it will improve the function of your nervous system significantly. It will make you calmer and less reactive.
Normal breathing for human beings is breathing through the nose: the mouth prepares food for our digestion, the nose thoroughly conditions air for our consumption. When a person is silently breathing through the nose, the brain receives the message that everything is okay. We are supposed to breathe through the mouth only in extreme situations. If you need to run fast to save your life, it is appropriate to breathe through the mouth. However, if you breathe through your mouth, for example, when your spouse criticizes you, your brain receives a signal that it is a life-threatening situation and creates the fight-or-flight response, also called the acute stress response. This can trigger an anxiety or panic attack.