Q Tip # 6: Email Apnea

September 5, 2013 0 Comments
Tiger:  an amygdala rapid response system gauge.

Tiger: an amygdala rapid response system gauge.

As you sit down in front of your computer, you click on email.  At that moment 1578 unopened messages assault your brain.  If you are like a majority of people, you will hold your breath.  Studies show that your amygdala has difficulty recognizing the difference between the ancient response to a life threatening attack of a bengal tiger and the peace-of-mind threatening attack of an email inbox.

It’s true.  “After tech visionary Linda Stone, a former top researcher at Microsoft, noticed herself holding her breath while doing email, she conducted a study to see how widespread the issue is.  She found that 80% of the people appeared to have email apnea—in other words, they held their breath or otherwise interrupted normal breathing.  It’s a condition similar to the more commonly known sleep apnea, where people breathe abnormally at night.

Holding your breath can contribute to stress-related diseases because it throws off the body’s balance of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitric oxide, according to the National Institute of Health. Nitric oxide is especially important in fighting viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, as well as tumors.”*

There are two solutions to this condition.  Number one, highlight, right-click, drag down, delete all.  Number two, sit up straight and breathe in for a count of four and breathe out for a count of eight several times.  Namaste, Becky.

*Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/email-apnea-how-email-change-breathing-2012-12#ixzz2e1GbVp9n


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