Problem

Mouth-breathing

Nature:

Mouth breathing refers to the act of breathing through the mouth (as a temporary backup system) if there is an obstruction to breathing through the nose, which is what humans are designed to do. Chronic mouth breathing, however, can lead to illness. This may be one reason that the Macmillan Dictionary defines the pejorative term "mouth breather" as "a stupid person," since mouth breathing decreases cognitive ability.

A preference for nasal breathing over mouth breathing is central to traditional forms of Yoga, leading yogis to tell their students: "The nose is for breathing, the mouth is for eating."

Aggravates:
Laryngitis
Reduces:
Snoring
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
28.04.1997 – 00:00 CEST