There’s good reason to be concerned about your health when it comes to chronic breath holding becoming a habit. If you have struggled with sleep apnea you’ll know the detrimental effects of not breathing. In essence, you are depriving your body of oxygen, its main fuel source. Without it, all the cells in your body are affected. It is no surprise then that holding your breath can have a significant impact.
In the short term, subconsciously holding your breath can affect your health and well-being and your ability to function at your peak. It can not only impact sleep, energy, memory, and learning, but it can also worsen depression, anxiety, and panic.
Over time, not deep breathing properly can contribute to inflammation, stress-related diseases, a weakened immune system, difficulty battling infection, and trouble mediating pain.