The Amazing Nose
The nose is an amazing organ.
Imagine a life without being able to smell the roses, or not being able to take a deep refreshing breath through your nose – not pleasant.
ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE “BREATHING RIGHT”?
- At rest:
In through the nose – out through the nose
- On Exertion:
In through the nose – out through the mouth
FUNCTIONS OF THE NOSE
- Airway passage to lungs
- Smell (olfaction)
- Humidifies air before it reaches lung
- Warms air to 30 degrees CELSIUS
- Filters out allergens and pollutants
- Mucus production to help lubricate upper airways
So if your nose is blocked, you default to mouth breathing. Your mouth cannot perform the functions as your nose – thus your mouth dries out and poorer quality air is sent to your lungs.
- If you exercise regularly, this is of great importance
- You need warmed , humidified, cleansed air going to your lungs
- So on exertion – Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
- If this is not happening, then YOU AIN’T BREATHING RIGHT
LINK TO SNORING
- The Mouth contains floppy structures like your tonsils – so mouth breathing causes snoring.
- It results in an unpleasant dry mouth in the morning, or awaking at night to sip water.
- If snoring progresses to sleep apnoea – then patients will also awake unrefreshed with daytime tiredness.
- A surprisingly large number of people live with blocked noses – having been this way for years and thus think this is normal.
- Read on further to see what can cause nasal blockage and what can be done about it.