It is often thought that pulling oxygen always improves well-being.
In fact, the exact opposite can happen.
There is not too much oxygen, but over-breathing removes too much carbon dioxide, which is needed to balance vital functions.
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– We health care professionals have also been taught to think that we need to get more and more oxygen. Really, people should be guided to calm, self-willed breathing, says a psychologist, a demanding specialty Psychotherapist Minna Martin.
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Calm breathing through the nose saves the body the necessary carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide maintains the acid-base balance of the cells, i.e. all metabolism.
Breathing too hard can be stressful or a habit that has become part of everyday life since childhood. If you feel unstructured, you should first try to calm your breathing.
Panic about the feeling of suffocation
No more than one extra breath per minute is required to disturb the delicate acid-base balance.
It easily comes as a sigh.
Fighting difficult emotions can also cause constant over-breathing.
– After a long period of overexposure, the cells try to adapt to it, even if the whole body is stressed, Martin says.
Inhalation can also cause a seizure in which the heart beats, sweat flows and the fear of death strikes.
– It is advisable to talk to your doctor about panic attacks and the causes of your breathing. At the same time, possible organic causes of heart symptoms must be ruled out, Minna Martin says.
Breathe out the panic
Inhalation can also lead to panic attacks where the heart beats, sweat flows and scares.
Panic attacks are treated by inhaling into a bag, which quickly prevents excessive loss of carbon dioxide and balances the acid-base balance.
Expert: Minna Martin, Psychologist, Psychotherapist VET.
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