7 causes of breathing problems and signs of breathing difficulty

Did you know breathing through the mouth or with nostrils flared is a sign of breathing problems?

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : July 14, 2016 6:28 PM IST



Do you always breathe through your nose and at the same rate? How can you know whether you are breathing correctly or not? Well, our expert Dr Gyanendra Agrawal, Consultant, Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, reveals seven signs that there is something wrong with the way you breathe. The last slide with surprise you!



Shortness of breath: Breathlessness is a common symptom of breathing trouble. It is not a cause of worry if it passes quickly and you don't experience after a few weeks. If you continue to experience shortness of breath frequently for over a month, then consult your doctor.


Mouth Breathing

Breathing through the mouth: A key sign that you are not breathing properly is when you start breathing through the mouth. This is usually due to nasal congestion. Breathing through the mouth not only leads to dry mouth and tiredness but also alters your heart rate and blood pressure. Consult a doctor if this is a persistent symptom and not due to cough and cold. Also Read - Study Superfoods: 9 Options Every Parent Should Include In Their Child's Diet During Exams


Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding: Have you ever come across someone grinding teeth in the sleep? Although this is often ignored, it could be sign of improper breathing which is often accompanied by tooth grinding. Hence, consult your doctor if this is the case to know the exact cause.


Feeling tired or fatigue: When you breathe incorrectly, there are high chances of suffering from excessive tiredness as the organs fail to receive proper supply of oxygen through the blood, which makes you dizzy or tired. Although there might be numerous other causes of tiredness like insomnia, stress or nutritional deficiency.


Shallow Breathing

Tight neck and shoulders: Almost 80% of us take shallow breaths. We breathe through the upper chest and do not take deep breaths. This causes the neck, shoulder and back muscles to tighten to allow the body to breathe properly so that the lungs get enough oxygen while breathing.  Also Read - These Excellent Practices Can Enhance Brain Health And Performance