Improper breathing while wearing surgical or cloth masks have been shown to create anxiety, headaches, increased heart rate, dizziness and fatigue. The respiratory health experts at PN Medical have developed the guidelines for better breathing.

Scientists at PN Medical just concluded a preliminary investigation in 3 states with help from Mayo Clinic, Prisma Health, and Shape Medical Systems on the effects of wearing face masks.
As more Americans become accustomed to wearing face masks, many are experiencing unpleasant challenges that can arise from changing the way they breathe, including anxiety, headaches, confusion, and fatigue. PN Medical, which has been providing respiratory education and solution for 40 years, is applying its unique expertise to develop and share strategies that will help people breathe more effectively and feel better while wearing masks.

RECOMMENDED BREATHING STRATEGIES TO PRACTICE
WHILE WEARING A MASK

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TAKE 5 QUALITY BREATHS

A Quality Breath = 4 seconds inhale through the nose, 6 second exhale through the mouth. 2 second pause. Repeat 5 times.

  • #Take5Breaths right before putting on your mask.
  • #Take5Breaths immediately after you have the mask on.
  • #Take5Breaths one last time after removing the mask.

Why It Matters?

This technique sets the right pattern and helps prevent your autonomic nervous system from being locked into a dysfunctional breathing pattern.

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LONGER AND SLOWER

Notice people around you. Some change their breathing patterns while wearing a mask. Combat this by taking longer slower breaths while you are wearing yours.

TAKE MASK BREAKS

  • If you are wearing a mask for extended periods of time, take breaks from the mask periodically when it is safe. Follow Step 1 above.
  • Breaks between times wearing a mask can reduce the negative effects.

RESPIRATORY MUSCLE TRAINING (RMT)

  • RMT helps to improve the function of respiratory muscles.
  • For 5 minutes in the morning and 5 at night, practice RMT.
  • RMT is valuable in the face of COVID-19 (Severin et al 2020)

 

Learn About RMT Training
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