I wonder what the triggers are that wake up asthmatics at night. In Barbara's words ... The urgency to breathe that woke you... I"m asking in the context of avoiding it. Can more fresh air into the bedroom help? Stress? Why the wakeup is not every night but at certain circumstances? I know that children that wake up and take medication often are unable to fall asleep for hours.
Great article, thanks for the tips It's a help to know how to manage this awfull inconsistent breathing which I struggle everyday with. I do yoga and thanks to yoga I became aware of my bad habit of breathing. I am trying to work on it. I will try these excercises.
Thank you for this. It really help me to understand some things about my asthma.
Wonderful article, am going to put this into practice, as an asthmatic with bronchiecstasis, anything that I can do without resorting to extra medication works. My problem with the Buteyko method, did he not slag off yoga breathing. I know, from my medical records, that my lung capacity has improved with pranayama, so I'd have to disagree. Yoga also encourages breathing in and out through the nose. I will read his book again though, this irritated me the last time!Excellent article.
I enjoyed this article. However I would recommend that anyone with asthma learn the Buteyko method breathing exercises from a trained Buteyko educator. Dr. Buteyko didn't believe his method could be properly learned from a book or video.
I have not had asthma or required medications since learning the method in 2005.
Over the years I have had 5 people that listened to me allowing me to teach them to breath properly and it completely got rid of their asthma. Three of them were very serious cases. One child was off school 2 years and another had an ambulance at her home 2 or 3 times every week, both were completely healed. I say that everyone is born with gifts and talents. Some can sing without being taught, some need to be taught how to walk, others don't. Is is the same with breathing, some snatch that first breath correctly and others wrongly. Those that start off wrong will become asthmatic. It takes 3 lessons and some follow up to be completely healed, all they need is Trust in the teach and the will to do it properly
I've had severe asthma since I was 5 years old (nearly 17 years) and in just a couple of hours after reading and consciously concentrating on how I breathe, I've noticed a difference in my breathing. I can tell how much tighter everything is when I breathe normally as opposed to the "open mouth at the bottom of the throat" way you described. This article may change the only way I've known life, thank you!
Interesting article! Another great tip for all asthma sufferers: apart from doing regular breathing exercises it is also very useful to eliminate cow's milk from your diet. I've been asmthatic all my life. I stopped drinking cow's milk and eating cheese made of cow's milk 3 weeks ago. My couhing (which is the major symptom of my asthma) has decreased significanlty!! I feel much better since!!
You can eat green leafy veggies and sheep or goat's milk to get you calcium.
Give it a go, and see how it works for you, just remember, there are no overnight miracles, stick with the new diet for at least a month!
Thank you for you article! It has made a MASSIVE difference to my attempts to beat my asthma without medication. THE BREATHING RHYTHM IS THE KEY. I can cycle again without suffering an attack and go for hikes without feeling breathless. I have only suffered from asthma for about a year, but I always suspected that breathing was importan because I could swim without problem. However I could not pin point what it was. The pause after the outbreath makes the most difference to me. I still need to concentrate hard when I feel an attack coming, but I will definitely keep practicing.
Barbara, thank you for this article. My doctor told me (after a respiratory infection and over a month of a tight chest feeling) a few weeks ago I have asthma. I was feeling discouraged before, but your article uplifted me and I will do these breathing techniques from now on. I'm so happy for you that you are able to bike again.