Can Snoring Be Decreased by Changing How You Breathe?

According to James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, how you breathe affects more than you realize.

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The evolution of the human nose

Before going any further, it’s useful to understand how evolution and our eating habits have shaped the oft-neglected nose.

The experiment

While Nestor’s claim is fairly straight-forward, I’ve been around long enough to know that even simple things can be hard. So, wanting to give this idea a fair shot, I decided to try to consciously breathe through my nose as much as possible, but in particular, while exercising.

The results

At first, breathing exclusively through my nose during exercise was difficult. I never felt like I was getting enough air, so I had to regularly fall back onto mouth-breathing. Thankfully, this got easier over time.

Breathe through your nose

The past couple of months has been a reminder of how adaptable the human body is. I would never have thought that how I breathed could impact my snoring and yet the evidence is incontrovertible.

Following my curiosity and hoping it will lead me to wisdom. I write about science, meditation, and spirituality.

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