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Long Covid: How to Stop Yawning and Sighing

Updated: Mar 12, 2022

Find yourself often yawning just to catch your breath? But all the breathing tests come back normal?

Minimal exertion leaves you short of breath. So you frequently sigh and yawn just to catch up. This leaves you even more exhausted. It can also be embarrassing as people around you don't understand why you keep yawning and sighing.

Why does this happen?

Some with dysautonomia and Long Covid have a breathing pattern disorder and thus tend to breathe too fast.

Generally, a normal breathing rate is 8-12 breaths per minute.

So how do you restore the body's normal breathing pattern? Deep breathing.

Deep breathing strengthens the diaphragm and encourages the nervous system to relax and restore itself.

When doing breathing exercises, always take it slow.

You need to find a comfortable breathing pattern for you as breathing too fast or too slow can trigger more symptoms.

One of the best ways to start would be to do deep breathing while on your back.

  1. Lie down in bed with a pillow under your head. Bend your knees so that your feet are resting on the bed.

  2. Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly. Close your eyes.

  3. Breathe in through the nose and imagine the air pulling down into the stomach. Feel the stomach expand with the breath.

  4. Slowly exhale through the nose. With each breath out, try to let go of any tension in your body.

It is important to ensure that the breath out is longer than the breath in.

Visualizing the rectangle in the second picture can help. Trace your finger down the short side as you breathe in and across the long side as you breathe out.

During this breathing exercise, you may feel hungry for more air. Try not to give in. As you continue to practice this breathing style more and more, you will feel this diminish more and more.

Practice this for 10 minutes, twice a day.

What breathing technique works best for you? Let me know in the comments below.


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