Can wearing a mask make it harder to breathe?

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account,” said Anne Wilson Schaef, an American clinical psychologist and author. Her book When Society Becomes an Addict, in which she compared Western culture to an active alcoholic, made the New York Times bestseller list and was nominated for Best Political Book of the Year.

The is no sign of ending COVID-19, which means wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing is still crucial for everyone. We all are well aware of how COVID-19 has put a bad impact on everyone’s life. The spread of COVID-19 occurs through respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, sneezes, or coughs. The virus transmits from an infected through the air and infects others. To protect yourself from such airborne infection, wearing a mask is necessary. Although, the mask does not protect you from such infected viruses but works as a barrier to your nose and mouth so that virus can not enter your body.

Mask can prevent everyone from spreading the virus but wearing a mask for a long time can cause some health issues like an increase in heart rate, breathlessness, nausea, or sweating. The UVMask is ideal for anyone who wants to keep their breathing safe from any potential viruses or bacteria. The UV Mask is reusable, meaning you’ll never have to worry about running out of disposable masks.

Breathing manner can cause discomfort:

One thing to make it clear is that wearing a surgical mask or a regular cotton mask does not put any had impact on your oxygen rate. Although, if you wear a mask for hours then you may feel some breathing discomfort, it is normal.

The main reason why we feel breathing problems is that we are not used to wearing a mask for a long time like doctors and other healthcare staff do. That is the reason for getting a feeling of discomfort or anxiousness when wearing a mask. You should know one thing that breathing is unconscious and we don’t control the way we breathe. When we wear a mask and start feeling discomfort then it makes our mind change the breathing pattern from the regular manner.

Inhale and Exhale:

The discomfort and anxiousness cause our unconscious mind to change the breathing pattern in two different ways. One is hyperventilating that causes a faster breathing process and the other one is hypoventilating which makes your breathing slow. Both ways your breathing pattern is affected which makes you more anxious.

A better way to breathe:

If you face any issues or problems in breathing while wearing a mask then there is a simple yoga method to reduce your discomfort and it is suggested by many experienced doctors. The method is known as “box breathing” or “corner breathing” that helps you to rest your natural breathing pattern. The method is simple, all you need to do is to imagine a hollow box and place your focus on tracking all four sides of the box while slowly breathing in and out. This method can help to reduce your breathing difficulties and also helps to reduce your stress and anxiety.

Still, one thing to keep in mind is that COVID-19 is not over yet, so wearing a mask is necessary to reduce the transmission of the virus from one person to another. If you have severe breathing issues or you have a doctor’s recommendation to not wear a mask then you can follow the same guidelines. But for others wearing a mask is necessary.