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I have occasional irregular breathing for a week now. When i inhale my body inhales more air than the normal pattern. This happens 1 in 90 inhales.

I have occasional irregular breathing for  a week now. When i inhale my body inhales more air than the normal pattern.  This happens 1 in 90 inhales.

Sigh: This sounds like a sigh. Sighs are extra big breaths as you describe. They occur naturally in some adults at sleep. They are associated during wakefulness with anxiety and hyperventilation syndromes. They may also occur with sleepiness or after a meal. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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My 3 days baby has irregular breathing pattern she experienced single episode of bluish lips for 10 min then disappear is this normal?

My 3 days baby has irregular breathing pattern she experienced single episode of bluish lips for 10 min then disappear is this normal?

Certainly: Also known periodic breathing of infancy... Very physiologic... Goes away on it own as the respiratory centers of the brain become synchronized and matures..Just needs some tincture of time and lots of hugs ! ...Read more

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Weird breathing pattern, cheyne stokes, is it nothing or a problem?

Weird breathing pattern, cheyne stokes, is it nothing or a problem?

Cheyne Stokes: It can be caused by damage to respiratory centers, strokes, traumatic brain injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, morphine, chronic heart failure, in newborns with immature respiratory systems, & in high altitudes. ...Read more

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What percentage of older americans exhibit restricted breathing patterns?

What percentage of older americans exhibit restricted breathing patterns?

Moderate: I am not sure that there is any published data on the incidence of restrictive lung disease. With rising obesity rates in the us there has been an increase in the prevalence of airflow restriction. Obesity limits the ability of the diaphragm to contract and keeps the total lung capacity low. ...Read more

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Does stress alter our breathing patterns?

Does stress  alter our breathing patterns?

Yes: Stress will often trigger anxiety and/or panic symptoms where breathing pattern can be shallow rapid and labored. ...Read more

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How can I change my breathing pattern so people can hear me less?

How can I change my breathing pattern so people can hear me less?

Yes, depending on...: Are you saying people complain that they don't like to be around you b/c they are bothered by the/a noise they hear when you are simply at rest breathing while awake?There r a number of conditions that could cause this:excess mucous production, a deviated septum, nasal polyps. You need to see your dr and have a thorough exam to see if there is something serious causing sounds w/normal breathing. ...Read more

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Is there a link between breathing patterns and metabolism? Ex: faster, deeper breathing=faster metsbolisn. Thank you

Changes in breathing: Good question. There are definite changes in breathing with metabolism. The most significant is when you have an acidosis, like with diabetes or after ingesting certain poisons. This makes you breath real fast to try to get the acid out through your lungs. Other metabolic changes lead to reduced breathing--sedatives, tranquilizers, pain killers. If overdosed, these can lead to respiratory arrest. ...Read more

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My child is 11yrs old and has several episodes of irregular breathing during the day. He says its not severe. What could possibly be his problem?

Many things: Call your doctor asap for an appointment and evel. Anytime he has trouble or difficulty in beathing, seek immediate medical attention as this is dangerous and could indicate a serious problem. Seek evaluation asap. ...Read more

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Is my shallow breathing pattern due to anxiety?

Is my shallow breathing pattern due to anxiety?

Could be: If you are able to take big deep breaths at other times the answer is very likely yes. ...Read more