Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute Every Night
The "4-7-8" breathing technique
Help me sleep? Diminish my anxiety? Lower high blood pressure?This method first came to me in a healing book I was reading and then I ran across it again in Dr. Andrew Weil's website, a wellness practitioner who studies meditation, breathing and other techniques to counteract stress. It's a very easy technique and it takes no time to get used to it. It even works wonders when someone is guiding you through it as I use this a lot with my clients in great success. My family has also used it in time of stress, to calm down from a panic attack and to finally fall asleep after you've been laying there with no apparent reason why you cannot fall asleep.
Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.
This kind of breathing slows down the heart rate and releases soothing chemicals in the brain that relax the body in no time.
This method is good for falling asleep at night fast and effortlessly, and it is also good for counteracting stress and dealing with anxiety attacks. It seems to calm down the adrenals and allows our system to relax and help us reach a peaceful vibe. This breathing technique is so effective it even worked on my son's major anxiety attack one day. Just like that - poof! In a few minutes he got so relaxed that afterwards he said he did not even notice that he checked out and his body reached an unprecedented calmness and he almost fell asleep in the middle of the afternoon.
So give it a try tonight and tell me what you think!
You can also check out Dr. Weil's site if you are interested in further reading.
If you have any kind of heart or major health issues do consult your physician before you add this and any new regimen to your repertoire.