If you’re anything like me your bed is a tricky little temptress she calls your name all day long, but when its time to hit the sheets you’re wide awake. Some nights I lay in bed starring at the ceiling, or worse have all my best business ideas around 1 am. This is the perfect time for making lists, catching up on months worth of Pinterest-ing and getting lost in an Instagram vortex.
If you struggle with any anxiety you know what I’m talking about.
Although I do love a good Instagram vortex I always wake up groggy, am less productive the next day and when you don’t get a good night’s sleep food cravings can be intensified (coffee✓ chips✓).
That’s why when I was reading through one of my old yoga books
+ noticed this yogic breathing technique I couldn’t wait to try it
I’m happy to report IT WORKS! I have been consistently falling asleep in under a minute!
Here’s how it works:
- Breathe in deeply through your nose for 4 seconds
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds
- Exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds (making a woosh sound)
Repeat this four times 4-7-8
Why does it work?
The method, pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr Andrew Weill, is described as a ‘natural tranquilizer for the nervous system‘ helping to quickly reduce tension and allowing the body to relax.
- Slows heart rate
- lowers blood pressure
- stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (reducing your fight or flight response)
- reduces anxiety
- increases oxygen in the blood stream & reduces carbon dioxide
you might feel a mild sedative-like effect and (as long as you don’t pick your phone back up) you should fall asleep within seconds.
Try it for yourself & let me know how it goes 🙂