How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?

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.

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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

Written by Curiosity Staff September 9, 2015