Sometimes, no matter what you do, you still experience difficulty getting the much needed sleep you want and deserve. If you’ve exhausted all efforts such as counting sheeps to drinking warm milk, then it’s probably time to use a much easier trick to fall asleep.
A technique discovered by scientist Andrew Weil, founder of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, claims that the method can help you slip into a slumber in a matter of 60 seconds. Surprisingly, this technique does not involve strange lighting or prescription drugs.
Known as the 4-7-8 breathing technique, the method involves a simple alteration of your normal breathing. It reduces tension in the body as it is described as a “natural tranquillizer” for the nervous system.
Simply breathe in quietly through your nose for four seconds. Hold your breath for 7 seconds then exhale completely for 8 seconds. Repeat the step between two and four times.
Dr Weil explained: “This comes from yoga breathing techniques where you keep the tip of the tongue behind the upper front teeth. You breathe in through your nose quietly and blow air out forcefully through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. “
Practicing this technique twice a day for 6 to 8 weeks will help you master falling asleep in 60 seconds, according to Dr. Weil. This technique can be beneficial for individuals suffering from insomnia.
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What is Insomnia?
People with insomnia, a sleep disorder, experience several symptoms such as difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night, having trouble going back to sleep, waking up took early in the morning and feeling tired upon waking.
According to WebMD, other symptoms of insomnia include problems with memory or concentration, general tiredness, sleepiness during the day and irritability.