Pursed Lips Breathing

Often referred to as pressure breathing or Auto PEEP, pursed lips breathing is a technique for breathing easier at altitude. I have some work to do to understand the mechanisms and whether it works at all (this study contradicts that it does), but it is attested to in a variety of sources such as Shook - Jennifer Hull

The technique:

  1. Inhale through your nose normally, perhaps a 2 count
  2. Pucker your lips
  3. Exhale slower than you inhaled, 2 or three times longer

While exercising the rates may be different, but use this technique to improve the ability to perform work at high altitudes.


Miami, COPD Foundation 3300 Ponce de Leon Blvd. “Breathing Techniques | COPD Foundation.” Accessed July 15, 2021. https://www.copdfoundation.org/Learn-More/I-am-New-to-COPD/Breathing-Techniques.aspx.

Cleveland Clinic. “Pursed Lip Breathing.” Accessed July 15, 2021. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9443-pursed-lip-breathing.