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Monday, 18 November 2013

Do you have EMAIL APNOEA? 80% of people stop breathing properly when typing -

Do you have EMAIL APNOEA? 80% of people stop breathing properly when typing - 

Do you find yourself getting lightheaded when writing an email?
That might be because you’re so engrossed in your words that you’ve stopped breathing.
It might sound strange, but apparently 80 per cent of us have picked up this habit – and it could be seriously damaging our health.
Woman with Red Fingernails Typing
It is thought that around 80 per cent of us have email apnoea which occurs when your body goes into 'fight or flight mode' while typing
Apnoea is more commonly associated with sleeping. It is characterised by sudden pause in breathing and is most common in adults who are overweight.

During an episode, lack of oxygen causes a sufferer to come out of deep sleep and into a lighter state of sleep, or a brief period of wakefulness, to restore normal breathing. 

Symptoms of the condition include tiredness, waking up with a sore or dry throat, poor memory and concentration, headaches, irritability, anxiety, depression, low libido and impotence.
However a variant of sleep apnoea could be caused by the simple process of writing an email.
Writing in Gizmodo, blogger Adam Clark Estes, noticed he became lightheaded when he was concentrating on a particularly challenging paragraph. 
‘I must've slipped a little too deeply into the zone,’ he said. ‘A head shake and a couple breaths later, and I was back at it.
‘Within minutes, the same light-headed feeling was back. I'd stopped breathing, again.’
After some research, Mr Clark Estes diagnosed himself as having something called ‘email apnoea’.
The term, first introduced by former Apple executive, Linda Stone, describes what happens when you go into ‘fight or flight’ mode.
Breath-holding, shallow breathing and hyperventilating can all trigger something called the sympathetic nervous system (SNS).


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