When we think about breathing we think about our lungs, but it's actually our brain that controls how we breathe. Did you know your brain is constantly changing? As we go through life, new experiences, challenges and even physical injuries, can all stimulate the brain to create new neural pathways or reorganize existing ones. This re-programming of the brain is called Neuroplasticity and is key to improving your breathing.
If certain breathing exercises which combine mild self-imposed hypoxic sequences (breath holds) with interspersed relaxed breathing are repeated over time, permanent neuro-plastic changes within the automatic breathing control center in the brain occur.
The brain has learnt a new set of instructions on how to breathe, and will follow those instructions automatically.
These changes permanently enhance breathing stability while improving stimulation of the muscles that keep the upper airway clear. The result? Reduction of sleep disturbed breathing episodes such as sleep apnea and snoring.