Think about your problem as temporary, it is possible to find Hyperventilation Treatment without resorting to drugs or expensive therapies.
You may already know that Hyperventilating is often linked to panic & anxiety attacks. People that suffer with hyperventilation may have some or all of these symptoms
- The feeling that you are about to suffocate
- Getting dizzy spells
- Blurred vision
- Feeling light headed
- Pains in the chest
- The feeling of not being “with it” (sometimes described as fuzzy headed or spaced out)
- Tensing of the shoulders
- Hot & sweaty spells
An important thing to remember when an attack comes on is that it can’t harm you, as much as you may feel like you are having a heart attack, the feelings will subside. Whilst you may feel like you don’t have enough oxygen, in fact it’s the opposite. When you hyperventilate the body isn’t able to retain CO2 (carbon dioxide) making you feel short of breath when in fact you have too much.
Here are a few tips to try
- Hold your breath – for 10 to 15 seconds & repeat until your breathing calms
- Try breathing in & out of a paper bag- clearly in some circumstances this won’t be possible (depending where you are) by re-inhaling the same CO2 that you exhaled it does help.
- Taking a brisk jog or walk & breathing through your nose will help. If you can increase your regular exercise you will decrease your chances of getting panic attacks.
If you can identify what it is that triggers your attacks, find out what makes the over breathing start, you will find you can progress towards a resolution.
People have different triggers, they may be physical, problems with the heart & asthma are known causes. Some women suffer during pregnancy.
By far the most common triggers are emotional, as I said before many people that suffer from hyperventilating also have anxiety issues & may be depressed. Hyperventilation is a form of panic attack, a condition that can be treated.
I would always recommend consulting a medical practitioner in the first instance, once you have been examined & are sure there a no underlying physical issues, you can start to help yourself on the road to recovery.
When you start to tackle the issues that are causing you to hyperventilate, you will learn how to look inside yourself for answers.
It can be a good idea to start a diary, record what you were doing, where you were at the time your attack started. You then be in a position to analyse the results & see if you can identify a pattern of events or circumstances.