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What is hyperventilation?

Hyperventilation is over-breathing, i.e. breathing more than is necessary to meet the body's requirements.

Over-breathing is a perfectly normal reaction to any stressful situation. Generally, when this event has passed, breathing will return to a normal rate.

Sometimes, as a result of prolonged stress or a physical trigger, a continual pattern of over-breathing can occur, whereby the breathing pattern does not return to a normal level.

How do I know if I am over-breathing?

You may be aware of some or all of the symptoms. Here are some of the most commonly experienced.

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