• you probably do it while you sleep as well. that is called sleep apnea.
  • Sometimes I used to forget how to breathe. It happened when I would get stressed out and no, I am not kidding either. Pre cursor for a panic attack. But I haven't had one of those in a long time.
  • I also do it and have a goal not to. I particularly hold my breath during yoga. So you aren't alone. For me I will have to consistantly think about it and make breathing correctly a habit One one day I won't have to give it any thought. We can learn together Saboteur!
  • I wouldn't worry about it unless you get light headed or have to gasp for air when you resume your normal breathing pattern. I haven't noticed it lately but when I was on a strict workout program I would find myself doing that very thing. I think it may have something to do with your body having enough oxygen and preventing you from hyperventilating.
  • I do it when I get a bit tensed but now without any reason. I think you are a bit of a worrier kind of person and need yoga to chill out. I find I do a lot less of this breath holding and tensing up since I started practicing yoga regularly.
  • It's equivalent to a mild stretch or a yawn: it keeps your chest muscles and stuff limber, and the pressure forces a bit more oxygen into the blood stream. I would guess that you do not practice good posture. When you sit, roll your hips forward so your spine is straightened and your back does not touch the chair. You will notice an immediate improvement in breathing and alertness. You can stay awake all day through the most boring presentations if you just don't slip back into a slouch.
    • Jewels Vern
      Magnesium strengthens muscles, calms nerves, stops cramps, and fights infections. Get epsom salt. It is cheap, five bux for a year's supply. Put a dose in a glass with water to cover and stir until it dissolves. Fill the glass with lemonade and drink it. You can take it without the lemonade but you won't like the taste. Milk of magnesia is more expensive but nicer tasting and gentler laxative action. Your choice.

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