Oxygen is Essential for Brain Activity
According to Dr. Andrew Scholey, Division of Psychology, University of Northumbria: “Extra oxygen has been shown to enhance mental performance and memory recall in healthy active adults in several clinical studies…. The brain demands at least 20% of the body’s oxygen supply. When it doesn’t get this supply it can lead to issues such as sleep apnea, poor concentration, forgetfulness, mood swings, restlessness, depressive thoughts and low drive.”
– Ref. Pmid: 10604851 (pubmed – indexed for medline)
Harvard Studies: Boosting Your Energy
Fatigue is a symptom, not a disease, and is experienced differently by people. The report, Boosting Your Energy, describes different kinds of fatigue and ways to improve your energy level.
Prepared in collaboration with the editors of Harvard Publications and Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Physician at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. 49 pages. (2013).
How Oxygen Therapy Works
Normally, your lungs absorb oxygen from the air. However, some diseases and conditions can prevent you from getting enough oxygen…. Certain acute (short-term) and chronic (ongoing) diseases and conditions can affect the transfer of oxygen from the alveoli into the blood. Examples include pneumonia and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).
– Read more at the National Institute of Health http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/oxt
Focused Breathing When Combatting Stress
Scientists believe that stress can cause a decrease in the ability to absorb oxygen into the blood, which then results in diminished oxygen to the tissues culminating in muscle fatigue. According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), the act of “focused breathing” is by far the best way to combat stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to a person’s brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system triggering a state of calmness.
– Read more at the American Institute of Stress (AIS) http://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/