Not getting enough sleep is the absolute worst. Not only does it put us in a crummy mood, but it also puts us at risk for a multitude of diseases like obesity, diabetes and even heart disease.
In order to prevent putting your health in danger, Dr. Weil, an American Sleep Expert, came up with a simple deep breathing trick to put us all to sleep in under one minute. This technique is called the 4-7-8 method and it works by calming your breathing (similar to what people do in yoga) and relaxing your muscles. As specified by Dr. Weil, “ You breathe in through your nose quietly and blow air out forcefully through your mouth making a whoosh sound. It takes all of about 30 seconds so there is no excuse for not doing it. It produces a very pleasant altered state of consciousness. The trick is holding the breath for four seconds, breathing out then holding for seven seconds. After that exhale completely for a count of eight. The steps are then repeated between two and four times.”
With any luck and a few nights of practice, you should be getting to sleep in no time (literally).
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