Why do I unconsciously hold my breath during the day?
February 3, 2010 1:20 PM Subscribe
Why do I hold my breath (unconsciously) throughout the day?
posted by farmersckn to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I am a programmer and in physically moderate condition. I could run a mile if I needed to but it would be very difficult. I rock climb at the gym once or twice a week, but do very little cardiovascular exercise.
I have found myself holding my breath a lot lately. I know for sure that I have been doing it:
* at work, programming
* at home, playing video games
* at home, trying to fall asleep (not after I am sleeping)
* while lifting weights at the gym
* while driving
Usually I catch myself because I or someone else hears me exhale loudly for no apparent reason. While playing computer games I think I may have subconsiously developed this habit to increase my 'steadiness'. I can't explain it for the other occassions.
My wife says I do snore sometimes so maybe I have sleep apnea but I don't think this would have anything to do with me holding my breath during my waking hours. Anyone have any ideas?
P.S. I can hold my breath for a pretty long time. In the past I have timed it at over 3 minutes.