Breathing Re-Education and Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Patrick McKeown

Breathing Re-Education and Obstructive Sleep Apnea by Patrick McKeown

A significant body of evidence supports the role of breathing re-education in improving sleep-disordered breathing. A scientific peer reviewed article coauthored by Patrick McKeown and Ear, Nose and Throat Dr’s Carlos O Connor and Guillermo Plaza reviewed breathing re-education and obstructive sleep apnea. MyoTape was included as a support for persons with sleep disordered breathing who mouth breathe during sleep.  

The basics of breathing re-education encompass:  

  • Using breath-hold time to measure chemosensitivity to carbon dioxide,  
  • Restoring full-time nasal breathing,  
  • Correcting the resting position of the tongue,  
  • Reducing the rate of respiration towards normal,  
  • Learning to properly engage the diaphragm, and  
  • Achieving normal minute ventilation.  

Supported by 160 references, the article can be viewed here: 10.3390/jcm10030471 

McKeown P, O’Connor-Reina C, Plaza G. Breathing Re-Education and Phenotypes of Sleep Apnea: A Review. J Clin Med. 2021 Jan 26;10(3):471. doi: 10.3390/jcm10030471. PMID: 33530621; PMCID: PMC7865730. 

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