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Over-Breathing and Chronic Hyperventilation

In this video we explore various physical symptoms of over breathing and hyperventillation syndrome. We have also attached al list below for reference.

Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome is defined as the habit of breathing in excess of normal metabolic requirements. It when someone is basically “overbreathing” with a respiration rate usually above 15 breaths per minute (average normal 12-14) and is often more than 20; during acute attacks it may reach 30 or more.

Symptoms may include:

  • Nasal obstruction
  • Runny nose
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Post nasal drip
  • Hay fever
  • Rhinitis
  • Sneezing
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Cough
  • Wheeze
  • Colds, flu or chest infections
  • Increased mucus in airways
  • Throat clearing repeatedly
  • Yawning or sighing
  • Chest tightness or constriction
  • Short of breath, breathless
  • Shallow upper chest breathing
  • Irregular breathing
  • Difficulty in taking a deep breath
  • Dry lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Dental cavities
  • Children develop crooked teeth
  • Snoring
  • Holding your breath during sleep (sleep apnoea)
  • Waking up tired, feeling chronically tired or physically exhausted
  • Bed wetting for children (Nocturnal enuresis)
  • tired after a long sleep, snoring, waking frequently, grinding teeth or still feeling
  • Itching, dry skin, eczema or rashes
  • Psoriasis
  • Poor fitness
  • Breathlessness
  • Muscle weakness, ‘jelly’ legs
  • Muscle tightness or cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Increased stress
  • Racing mind
  • Excessive thought activity
  • Depression Mild depression
  • Poor concentration, mental fatigue, confusion, forgetful, ‘spaced out’
  • Short temper, irritable
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Aerophagia (bloated stomach from swallowing air)
  • Constipation with intermittent diarrhoea
  • Bloated abdomen, flatulence or belching
  • High blood pressure
  • Chest pains that are not heart-related
  • Pounding, rapid or erratic heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Light-headed or feeling dizzy
  • Vertigo
  • Sleeping badly e.g. insomnia, vivid dreams, nightmares, shuddering
  • reason e.g. fear of stuffy rooms
  • regular yawning

Hyperventilation Syndrome can affect any organ or system to different degrees, resulting in difficulty in diagnosing the problem:

  • Cardiovascular: racing heartbeat, palpitations, pain in the chest region, cold hands and feet, Raynaud’s disease
  • Neurological: vertigo, headache, dizziness, faint feelings, paraesthesiae
  • Respiratory: regular sighing, yawning, shortness of breath, air hunger, frequent cough, tightness of chest, inability to take a deep breath, sniffing, allergies
  • Muscular: cramps, muscle pains, stiffness
  • Psychic: tension, phobias, anxiety, panic, agoraphobia
  • Gastrointestinal: difficulty in swallowing, dry mouth and throat, acid regurgitation, globus (having a lump in one’s throat), heart burn, flatulence, belching, air swallowing, abdominal discomfort
  • General: weakness, exhaustion, impaired memory, poor concentration, disturbed sleep, nightmares, sweating


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