Do you get to the end of the working day feeling exhausted, stressed or breathless?
Do you feel lightheaded, get a dry mouth or struggle to complete sentences without becoming breathless?
I suspect that you may have a job where you are required to do a lot of talking or you enjoy having a good chat as you complete your daily tasks. Why do I suspect that you may wonder? The answer is simple, if you are like 99% of the Australian population you mouth breathe when you talk. You may also be a person that takes largemouth breaths when you talk or you may talk very quickly,
breathing just as quickly.
Either way mouth breathing whilst talking may increase the risk for many people suffering the symptoms I have mentioned. When you mouth breathe you can reduce carbonation of the blood. If this occurs the release of critical oxygen from your blood to the tissues of the body including your brain can be impaired. This condition is known as respiratory alkalosis - your blood increases in alkalinity reducing the capacity of the red blood cells to release the oxygen they carry. This oxygen deprivation can lead to breathlessness, fatigue and other symptoms. The reduced carbon dioxide levels can also increase muscular tension making it very difficult to relax.
If you suspect that your talking is disrupting your breathing pattern, a breathing assessment can determine the extent of the problem and any disorder detected can be corrected.