Luscha Baumwald shares: UK Express newspaper recent article:

How to sleep: 4–7–8 breathing technique could help you fall asleep in less than 5 minutes.

WHETHER it is the tossing and turning for hours in the apprehension of daylight or finding yourself counting endless sheep, a breathing technique could help you fall asleep quickly.

WHETHER it is the tossing and turning for hours in the apprehension of daylight or finding yourself counting endless sheep, a breathing technique could help you fall asleep quickly.

a breathing technique could help you fall asleep quickly.

The 4–7–8 breathing technique was developed by doctor Andrew Weil, who refers to it as a “natural tranquilliser for the nervous system” that can be used at any time in the day, especially at night to clear the mind.

When practiced regularly, Dr Weil said, it is possible that this technique could help some people fall asleep in a shorter period of time.

From the lungs outward, techniques like 4–7–8 can give your organs and tissues a much-needed oxygen boost.

Relaxation practices also help bring the body back into balance and regulate the fight-or-flight response we feel when we are stressed.

This is particularly useful if you are experiencing sleeplessness due to anxiety or worries about what happened during the day — or what might happen tomorrow. Rushing thoughts and concerns can keep us all from being able to rest well.

The 4–7–8 technique forces the mind and body to focus on regulating the breath, rather than replaying your worries when you lie down at night.

Health clinicians claim the technique can pacify a racing heart or comfort frazzled nerves.

can pacify a racing heart or comfort frazzled nerves.

How to do it

Prepare for the practice by resting the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth. You will need to keep your tongue in place throughout the practice. Exhaling during 4–7–8 breathing can be easier for some people when they purse their lips.

The following steps should all be carried out in the cycle of one breath:

· First, let your lips part. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling completely through your mouth.

Let your lips part. Make a whooshing sound, exhaling completely through your mouth.

· Next, close your lips, inhaling silently through your nose as you count to four in your head.

Close your lips, inhaling silently through your nose as you count to four in your head.

· Then, for seven seconds, hold your breath.

For seven seconds, hold your breath.

· Make another whooshing exhale from your mouth for eight seconds.

Exhale from your mouth for eight seconds.

Read the entire Express article here.

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