Sleep. Oh! how wonderful this activity is. Some people find it really easy to fall asleep, and could literally sleep through a hurricane. But for some, it’s a real chore to fall asleep. But fret no more, a breathing technique claims it can help you nod off in 60 seconds! It sounds great, right? Let’s consider.
The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique
The method was developed by a wellness practitioner, Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil, and involves regulating your breathing to various counts of 4, 7, and 8. It’s very interesting that it lets the oxygen fill the lungs better, and calms your mind. It’s very easy and simple.
You breathe through your nose for four second, hold it for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds.
It slows down your heart rate, and it also releases chemicals in your brain that soothes you.
This method is great for more than just falling asleep though. When we are stressed, our endocrine system releases adrenaline through our adrenal glands. This elevates your heart rate, and can make you feel jittery and unwell, making your breathe rapid and shallow.
But, by using this breathing method, you counteract the natural effects of adrenaline and your body is forced to slow down your heart rate. It doesn’t have a choice! Though, in the beginning, you may feel somewhat uncomfortable but after a while, you really do feel your heart rate slow and your mind clear.
So, why don’t you try this tonight and tell us what you think?
Culled from kullerlove.com