Why does hyperventilating calm you down?

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Why does hyperventilating calm you down?

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answered Apr 12, 2023 by Marybeth122 (3,140 points)
Hyperventilating calms you down as hyperventilating fills your lungs fully and slows your breathing rate which helps you relax and calm you down.

When you hyperventilate, you exhale too much air.

This can decrease the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) you have in your blood.

Low carbon dioxide levels lead to narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain.

This reduction in blood supply to the brain leads to symptoms like lightheadedness and tingling in the fingers.

Severe hyperventilation can lead to loss of consciousness.

The reason people hyperventilate from anxiety is because the body is sent into a fight or flight mode when the brain signals to your body that danger is around or afoot.

When this occurs you will automatically begin breathing quickly because doing so oxygenates the blood which prepares the body to respond to a threat by fleeing or fighting.

Hyperventilation syndrome is an anxiety related dyspnea and tachypnea that is often accompanies by systemic symptoms.

Hyperventilation is most often caused by panic or anxiety.

Panic attacks and emotional distress are the 2 most common causes for hyperventilation.

Anxiety and getting scared and being fearful of something may also cause hyperventilation.

The three signs of hyperventilation are difficulty in getting breath, tightness in the chest and very rapid heartbeat.

Hyperventilation is breathing that is deeper and faster than normal.

It causes the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood to drop.

This may make you feel light-headed.

You may also have a fast heartbeat and feel short of breath.

Hyperventilation is when you experience rapid or deep breathing that is usually caused by anxiety or panic.

This over breathing, as it is sometimes called, can even actually leave you feeling breathless.

When you breathe, you inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

What does hyperventilating feel like?

Feeling that you can't get enough air (air hunger) or need to sit up to breathe.

A pounding and racing heartbeat. Problems with balance, lightheadedness, or vertigo.

Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or around the mouth.

Unrecognized and inadvertent hyperventilation may contribute to the currently dismal survival rates of cardiac arrest.

Excessive breathing creates a low level of carbon dioxide in your blood.

This causes many of the symptoms of hyperventilation.

You may hyperventilate from an emotional cause such as during a panic attack.

Or, it can be due to a medical problem, such as bleeding or infection.

In very rare cases, people who hyperventilate can have low carbon dioxide blood levels that can cause a spasm of the blood vessels that supply the heart.

If a person already has heart disease, this spasm may be enough to cause a heart attack.

The signs and symptoms of hyperventilation are difficulty in getting breath, tightness in the chest, very rapid heartbeat, sweating, tingling or numbness, faintness, feeling of unreality, visual problems, rigid muscles, cramps, sudden emotional outburst, for example crying, feeling too hot or too cold.

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