Do you often lie awake at night, counting the minutes of sleep you’d get if you miraculously fell asleep at that very moment?
Frustrating isn’t it?!
You might be interested to hear however, that a doctor has devised a new technique, that he reports allow patients to fall asleep in 60 seconds!
Fall asleep In 60 Seconds With This Breathing Technique
Harvard trained medical doctor with a focus on holistic health, Dr. Andrew Weil, has developed the “The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise,” also called “The Relaxing Breath,” to not only help patients fall asleep, but get the best nights sleep ever!
“Breathing strongly influences physiology and thought processes, including moods. By simply focusing your attention on your breathing and without doing anything to change it, you can move in the direction of relaxation.” he writes on his website.
This exercise is based on pranayama, an ancient Indian practice meaning “regulation of breath” and an integral part of Yoga. Will goes on to describe the 4-7-8 exercise is described as:
“A natural tranquilizer for the nervous system” that eases the body into a state of calmness and relaxation.
Weil’s technique is very simple to put into practice and takes hardly any time. While practicing, its recommended you sit upright. Weil explains how it’s done:
“Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.”
This is then followed by these five steps:
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
- Hold your breath for a count of seven.
- Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
- This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
The most important part of the process is holding your breath for eight seconds, explains Weil. This is because holding the breath allows oxygen to circulate throughout the body. It is this that produces a relaxing effect in the body, allowing it to enter the necessary state to fall asleep, and sleep well!
Breathing techniques are often recommended to help people de-stress, relax and fall asleep so it’s not a bad idea to give this a try if you find it difficult to drift off to the ‘land of nod.’