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1. the intake and expulsion of air during respiration
2. the air inhaled or exhaled during respiration
3. a single respiration or inhalation of air, etc
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What does it mean when you dream about breath?

Many people have problems breathing during sleep, even if they do not have full-blown apnea, and this can be reflected in one’s dream life. If not an apnea symptom, holding one’s breath in a dream represent an expression of will, or repressing one’s anxieties or emotions. Breathing is also central to an unusually large number of idioms: “a breath of fresh air,” “a waste of breath,” “take your breath away,” “catch your breath,” “out of breath,” and the like, any one of which could find expression in one’s dreams.

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* Right nostril breathing - slow inspiration through right nostril for 4 s hold breath for 4 s and slow expiration through right nostril for 4 s - 5x4=20 times
Most of them had failed to breathe out gently before inhalation and hold breath for about 10 seconds after inhalation.
Studies have shown some common mistakes while using MDI, such as incorrect position of inhaler, not exhaling prior to inhalation, failure to hold breath after inhalation and failure to inhale forcefully and deeply.14 In our study, the results are consistent with previous findings.