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6. How to choose your breathing settings for Somnox 1
6. How to choose your breathing settings for Somnox 1

This article helps you with finding a breathing pace and ratio that fits your personal breathing

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Written by Team Somnox
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With the Somnox App, you can set your breathing preferences for Somnox 1. How do you know which breathing pace and ratio you should select? This article helps you to find your personal breathing settings.

You can find detailed instructions on how you can change breathing settings and make a programme via the button below.

Somnox 1 helps you to decrease your own breathing pace towards a more calm and peaceful breathing pace.

Your breathing pace

The standard setting for the start breathing pace is 12 breaths per minute. However, your own breathing pace can be different. If you are using Somnox 1 for the first time, try to breathe along with Somnox 1. If you are out of sync, we recommend you adjust the breathing pace with the Somnox App.

How can you calculate your own breathing pace? Follow the steps below:

  1. Have a seat and relax

  2. Set a timer on your phone of one minute

  3. Breathe in, and out like you normally do. Count the number of breaths you take in one minute.

  4. The number of breaths you took in one minute is equal to your breathing pace. Did you take 15 breaths in one minute? Your breathing pace is equal to 15 breaths per minute.

Important! If you are stressed, or if you have done an activity, your breathing pace can be much higher. Thus, your own breathing pace is variable. Repeat the steps that are mentioned above if you are not comfortable anymore with the breathing pace of Somnox 1.


The breathing pace of Somnox 1 decreases towards a lower endpace which is more calm and peaceful. How do you choose your endpace? This is more difficult than calculating your own breathing pace. You will have to experiment a little bit to find a comfortable endpace. The standard endpace of Somnox 1 is 6 breaths per minute.

  • If your own calculated breathing pace is a bit high, between 12 and 20 breaths per minute, we recommend you to choose an endpace that is approximately 5 breaths per minute lower.

  • If your own calculated breathing pace is a bit low, between 6 and 12 breaths per minute, we recommend you to choose and endpace that is approximately 3 breaths per minute lower.

You can also deviate from our recommendations, but this can be a first step to find your endpace.

Breathing ratio

Your breathing ratio is the ratio between the duration of your inhale and the duration of your exhale. An example: you inhale for 4 counts and exhale for 6 counts. In this case, your exhale is 1,5 times the duration of your inhale. The ratio between your inhale and exhale therefore is 1 : 1,5.

There are three options for the breathing ratio:

  1. Equal breathing (1 : 1)

  2. Average breathing (1 : 2)

  3. Longer exhale (1 : 3)

The standard breathing ratio is 1 : 2 which means that the duration of the exhale is two times the duration of the inhale. It is scientifically proven that a longer exhale has a relaxing effect on the body, but you can also choose equal breathing.

We recommend you experiment with the breathing ratio because there is no unambiguous instruction for this.

Set a programme duration

Do you want to use Somnox 1 to fall asleep? Select a long programme duration of 60 to 120 minutes.

Do you want to do a breathing exercise? Select a shorter programme duration of 5 to 15 minutes.

Prefer a nap? Select a medium programme duration of 30 to 60 minutes.

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