How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

Although your lungs can hold about four minutes worth of oxygen, your body will likely prompt you to gasp for air near the one-minute mark. Researchers call this inhale moment the "breakpoint." The breakpoint likely occurs when your diaphragm signals your body to take a breath. Tips for holding your breath longer include being relaxed, motivated, and being distracted.

Share the knowledge!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Science says, without training, you can only hold your breath for about one minute. 00:04

  2. Our lungs can hold about four minutes worth of air. 00:23

  3. To hold your breath longer, it helps to be relaxed, motivated, and to be distracted. 01:17

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.