Last week’s newsletter explored the link between dry eyes and depression, and how treating one may be key to treating the other. In a similar vein, resonance frequency breathing and similar HRV biofeedback techniques can be a useful supplement for treatment of depression.
We also know that slow, paced breathing can be sleep promoting and relaxing.
All of these aspects fall under the purview of “digital strain”, a complex and interrelated network of symptoms.
At Umay, our focus is on addressing all of the interactions between dry eyes, sleep, depression & anxiety, and productivity. Boosts to one facet can reasonably be expected to have transitive benefits to another.
More directly, deep, abdominal breathing has also been shown to increase tear production. Specifically, trying to emulate that resonance frequency rhythm of ~6 breaths/min (4 s inhale, 6 s exhale) for 3 minutes increased tear meniscus volume.
The mechanism of this remarkable finding is thought to be due to the balance of parasympathetic activation. The lacrimal glands – as primary tear producers – are innervated predominantly by parasympathetic input.
The authors theorize that, similar to intense physical exercise, abdominal breathing decreases sympathetic activation, and the increase in parasympathetic activity stimulates the lacrimal glands to produce more tears.
REST combines gradual changes in temperature with subtle vibrational cues to help users have a heightened thermo-sensory experience (Thermal Meditation™), but also to guide their breathing to a resonance frequency.
We have built REST based on the remarkable science of how inter-related dry eye, breathing, sleep, and mental health are. Regular, daily usage can improve this suite of digital strain symptoms.
So the next time you’re in the middle of that hectic week, find a few minutes for yourself. A few minutes to breathe deeply, to disconnect: to REST.