How Breathing Incorrectly Can Affect Your Health

· June 14, 2017
Did you know that breathing incorrectly can seriously affect your health? Learn how in this article, and get the inspiration you need to learn correct breathing techniques.

It’s clear what the object of the breathing  is: it introduces oxygen into the blood, which is necessary to support our vital  organs.

The health of your tissues depends on the oxygenation process. Therefore, breathing incorrectly has negative consequences on your mental and physical health.

Despite being an automatic action of the body and therefore apparently simple, there are many occasions when we don’t breathe well.

For instance, there are times when we breathe incorrectly because of a deviated septum. However,  there are also many times in which we breathe in the wrong way because of habit or even because of being subjected to a stressful life rhythm.

How can you breathe incorrectly?


There are three types of breathing: abdominal, intercostal and buccal breathing. The most appropriate form of breathing is the first, whereas the other two can lead to difficulties.

However, it’s convenient to clarify that, of the three types, buccal breathing is the most harmful. This is because our nose doesn’t filter the air and, consequently, harmful organisms enter our body.

What are the consequences of breathing incorrectly?

1. Sleeping badly

If we don’t breathe well when we sleep, our brain is not properly oxygenated, so we cannot enter into a deep sleep.

In fact, if you normally breathe incorrectly, you’ll wake up feeling tired more than once.

In addition to this weakness, you’ll also experience morning headaches or headaches that may extend to the afternoon or evening. These will turn this part of the day into a fight against the pain that, depending on its intensity, can prevent you from carrying out normal activities.

2. Fatigue

Qué es la fatiga y qué la provoca

Taking into account that oxygen is our gasoline, if it’s of poor quality, we’ll excessively use body tissues and muscles. Hence, at the end of the day, we’ll become so tired that we won’t be able to stop feeling fatigue.

3. Depression

Naturally, being in a constant state of exhaustion affects all areas of your life.

On the one hand, you’ll have concentration problems, which will be a problem at work. On the other hand, you’ll not want to spend time with friends and family as you’ll just want to rest.

Poor work performance and lack of social life will negatively affect your self-esteem. This could, then, cause you come to having or fully experiencing more or less continuous depressive moods. All this will be due to breathing incorrectly.

4. Deterioration of the immune system: you’ll be more vulnerable

In addition to the effects that impaired mental health has on the body’s defenses, breathing incorrectly directly affects the immune system. This is due to the deficit in both quality and quantity of oxygen.

In this sense, you’ll be more susceptible to contracting viruses, infections or diseases. These will prevent you from doing your daily tasks consistently, which is a precious skill to have.

5. Cardiovascular risks


If you breathe badly, your heart will overexert itself as it won’t have enough energy. At the same time, it’ll work with blood that contains unwanted elements, which will negatively affect it.

For this reason, breathing incorrectly also adversely affects the circulatory system.

This is because the blood that circulates in our arteries and veins will thicken, which will result in their obstruction. This may consequently lead to the onset of varicose veins and other phenomena.

Read this article: 5 Natural Ways to Fight Varicose Veins Successfully

Gastrointestinal Problems

Your digestive system is responsible for separating substances that are nutritious from those that are not.

This function won’t perform satisfactorily if you breathing incorrectly because the blood it uses to operate will already be in poor condition.

This will increase your chances of suffering from hiatal hernias, aerophagia or chronic gastritis.

As you can see, if you breathe incorrectly, it’s time to take action on the matter.

Unlike other facets of our life, this complication is easy to solve. Nowadays, there are many meditation and alternative therapy courses based on oxygenating the body through clavicular breathing.