Mouth breathing and ADHD

freddy smallRecently I did a free teleseminar comparing the benefits of nose breathing to mouth breathing. I have had a very positive response from lots of mouth breathers, saying things like “nose breathing calms me down”, “nose breathing makes a huge difference to anxious children”, “I sleep better”, “this has enabled me to get grounded for the first time in my life”.  Several of these people happen to have a variety of medical conditions and/or learning challenges.

I mentioned in the teleseminar that mouth breathing might be related to ADHD. Since then I have been overwhelmed by how many people with an ADHD diagnosis for themselves / their children or have various neurodivergent symptoms have come forward to tell me what a difference nose breathing has made to them, within days.  Then Patrick Mckeown, author of the Oxygen Advantage, posted me some research about ADHD, sleep disorders and nose breathing – it is frightening that no parents of ADHD children seem to have been told these simple facts. Quoting from one of the many statistics in this research paper “40% of children suffer from Sleep Disordered Breathing (SBD) develop ADD, ADHD and/or learning disability”.  Why aren’t we telling our hard-pressed parents and teachers about the merits of nose breathing, which is, after all, a free resource to everyone?  If you ask google you will find many similar posts.

Please let me have your feedback for you, your family or students. 

This is another Elephant in the Classroom, that is behind much of the anxiety mentioned in  “The Elephants in the Classroom: uncovering every student’s natural power of mental imagery to enhance learning“.  To find out more, order your own copy here, or more than 10 copies here or on or

#elephantsintheclassroom #breathing #nosebreathing #ADHD #mckeown #sleep #sleepdisorders #sleepdisorderedbreathing #neurodivergent #grounded

About olivehickmott

I am a Forensic Learning coach, showing people how they can improve their own learning and change their health. Working with creative neurodivergent students is a joy, as they learn new skills to overcome many of their learning challenges.
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  1. Pingback: Can breathing really improve ADHD? | Olivehickmott's Blog

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