The brain and nervous system are the most fascinating parts of the human body. They are similar to the cpu and communications network found in computer systems, controlling every action that goes on in our body.
The Two Parts of the Nervous System
The nervous system is comprised of two parts, which control body metabolism. The sympathetic enables body processes that make energy, while the parasympathetic system works to conserve energy. And like so many other body systems, both the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems are sensitive and react to carbon dioxide levels in the body.
Carbon Dioxide Levels Control Nerve Cell Activity
A small drop in carbon dioxide levels affects both parts of the nervous system. A downward change in CO2 levels changes the pH of the nerve cells. At first, the nerve cell becomes more active or perhaps hyperactive. If there's a significant drop in CO2, nerve cells stop working altogether.
The Hyperactive Nerve Cell
Initially when nerve cells become overactive our sensitivity to light and noise increases. Different cultures employ hyperventilation to lower carbon dioxide and increase awareness; a cup of coffee might easily do the trick. Should low CO2 levels become the norm, the nervous system remains in a continual hyperactive state. Insomniacs say the reason they can't sleep is because their mind is going 100 mph. It's known as "monkey mind." When taken to an extreme, we may end up with anxiety problems or perhaps depression.
Control Your Breathing and Control Your Nervousness
Maintaining proper levels of carbon dioxide settles the nerves. It's not unusual for an insomniac to quickly fall asleep and stay asleep with corrected breathing and normal body CO2 levels. Anxiety and depression can also be lessened or relieved in the same way. Many of my clients marvel at the sense of calmness that overcomes them as they correct their breathing and increase body CO2 levels. Even the overly stressed person finds relaxation and calm.
Our nervous system is highly sensitive to changes in our body's chemistry, especially changes in carbon dioxide levels. Restoring and maintaining proper CO2 levels can have a huge impact on your stress, quality of sleep and relaxation. Breathing Really Matters.