Have you noticed that a baby calms down when you put them on their tummy?
Lying on your tummy takes pressure off your organs, especially your lungs and heart. Try it for yourself the next time you are short of breath.
It isn’t unusual, though, to have a feeling of being breathless when lying flat on your back. I’m recommending to roll over on your tummy.
Shortness of breath can have causes that aren’t necessarily due to underlying disease. Examples include exercise, altitude, tight clothing, a prolonged period of bed rest, or a sedentary lifestyle.
Lying down too soon after eating may also cause difficulty breathing, so don’t go horizontal shortly after eating.
If someone is short of breath, have them initially sit down and relax. If they haven’t recently eaten, get them to lie down on their stomach and see if this helps. Then monitor them to determine if they get better or worse.
Roll On Your Tummy
An obstruction of your airways is a primary concern when experiencing shortness of breath. When you lie on your tummy, pressure is taken off your lungs, and gravity can relieve stress on your airways.
Strained ligaments, constipation, or trapped wind can also cause shortness of breath, and by lying on your tummy, you’ll know if this will pass fairly quickly.
If your breathing does not improve, you should take emergency action.
If you have asthma, resting on your tummy may keep you from having an asthma attack. Try to lessen your stress, avoid getting too tired, and don’t over eat.
- Check your airway, breathing, for an obstruction;
- Check your pulse for possible heart issues;
- Loosen any tight clothing;
- Help the patient use any prescribed medicines (such as an asthma inhaler or home oxygen).
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