The Simple Technique Sleep Experts Use to Fall Asleep
Published Saturday, June 10, 2023
One of the most little-known ways to help you fall asleep is also one of the easiest to do. And it’s one practiced by many sleep experts, because it works.
It’s a simple breathing technique called 4-7-8, and is easily one of the best breathing exercises we’ve ever tried. And some people are using it to fall asleep in a minute or less. No wonder it’s sometimes called “relaxing breath”.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique will help you relax, and melt stress and anxiety away. And yes, it helps many people fall asleep faster.
Here’s how you do it:
- Breath in slowly and deeply for four seconds (count slowly and steadily as you do these).
- Hold the breath for seven seconds.
- Exhale slowly for eight seconds.
That’s it – that’s all you need to do. Repeat these steps four times, and do it twice a day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is 4-7-8 safe?
Yes, it is as safe as any deep breathing exercise. Obviously, if your lungs are not healthy, you should refrain.
Do I need to do anything prior to 4-7-8?
Yes – find a quiet spot and get your self “ready” to relax. 4-7-8 is meant to deeply relax your body, so doing it when you are in the middle of a stressful situation won’t work.
Can 4-7-8 really help me fall asleep?
Many people swear by it. We recommend bedtime as one of the times you practice it.