Having troubles falling asleep?
The 4-7-8 breathing technique will help you fall asleep in one minute.
The 4-7-8 method was firstly conceived by Dr Andrew Weil, a scholar from Harvard.
This method will help you relax your body and mind, and it will help you get enough oxygen by following the 4-7-8 breathing patterns.
My personal experience: I, like most people, have had problems with falling asleep for a long while.
Whether the cause behind my sleeping problems was stress, long computer hours, or eating junk food before going to sleep, I still can’t tell, but what I remember is that it was really hard for me to switch off my brain and let it relax during the night. After a long while struggling with irregular sleeping, I was suggested to try the “4-7-8” trick by a friend.
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What exactly is the 4-7-8 technique?
The 4-7-8 technique, as previously stated, was designed by Dr. Andrew Weil, a wellness professional with a degree from Harvard. What he mostly focused on was studying and researching relaxation, breathing, and meditation, and how they can reduce stress and anxiety.
What he came up with is a really simple and easy to follow procedure. All you need to do is take a 4 second deep breath through your nose, then hold that breath for 7 seconds, and then breath out your mouth for 8 seconds. Sounds too simple? That’s because it is.
If it is too good to be true, give it a try and be as surprised as I was when I first gave it a shot. The reason why it works is because the steady and heavy oxygen supply will decrease your heart beat and trigger your brain to produce soothing chemicals. To me, it worked magically since the first try and I was able to fall asleep as early as my fourth take, in under 60 seconds.
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The real beauty of this magical method is that you can use it for more than just falling asleep. You can also use when you feel stressed out or anxious. Stress results in higher adrenaline levels which cause our breathing and heart beat to become faster, making us feel tense and slightly sick.
That’s why the 4-7-8 breathing technique is perfect for such situations; because it will help you thwart that adrenaline rush and naturally slow down your heart beat. By following the breathing patterns you give your body no other choice but to reach that point of relaxation that will slow down that storm in your brain and make you feel like you are having a relaxing afternoon doing your favorite soothing activity.
Why don’t you give it a try yourself and see how long does it take you to reach that relaxation point. And if you want some extra information, you can always make a visit to Dr. Weil’s site.
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