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    Breathing techniques question

    Not sure if anyone can answer this, but I have been reading the Guide on breathing for Anxiety and then went on to read Breathing during exercise. My ability to breathe in deeply, or repetitively through my nose and out through the mouth is hampered in the sense that doing so causes me to get a mild headache, if I keep going the headache builds(possible sinus issue). It also causes my nasal cavity a bit of discomfort as the cool air stays there(sort of hard to explain)then I feel the need to get heat and moisture in my nasal cavity. Is this something that could go away after repeated practice? Does anyone else experience something like this?

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    Trbrat75 that mild headache can be a symptom of hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is caused when you breathe deeply but also quickly. The easiest way to test it is when you slow down your exhalation so you exhale at half the speed you breathe in. This allows your body time to get rid of excess oxygen in the bloodstream. As for the pain in your nasal passages that is perfectly normal. The air that hits our lungs is considerably warmer than the air we breathe in (cooler in the summer) and the nasal passages act as a complex but highly effective heat exchange system. This is one reason why if you go jogging in winter and breathe in through the nose you experience exactly the kind of pain/discomfort you describe.

    You get used to it, plus your body adapts to deal with it so this is something that will go away over time.

    I hope all this helps.

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      Thanks Damer that makes sense

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