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.

ATHLETES
  • 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.