A good night’s sleep is extremely important for our body and brain to function properly. In fact, poor sleep can have many negative effects on different parts of your body and brain, including memory, learning, emotions, mood, and different biological functions.
While some people don’t have any problems falling asleep, there are many who have severe difficulty falling, and even staying asleep through the night.
Although there are a few ways to help you fall asleep faster, most of them aren’t natural and require taking certain sleep-enhancing supplements like magnesium, melatonin, or essential oils (which work, but not instantly).
However, there is another method called the “4-7-8” breathing method, and it’s taking the internet by storm for a very good reason – it can help you fall asleep in less than a minute.
The “4-7-8” is a very simple, yet powerful breathing method that helps you calm and relax and fall asleep fast.
Honestly, to me the effect of this incredible breathing technique feels almost like a sedative drug.
Here’s how it works
- Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.
- Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
- Exhale through your mouth for 8 seconds.
Even though it sounds crazy, it works.
Here’s a little about the chemical process behind this breathing technique:
When you extend your inhale to a count of four, you force yourself to take in more oxygen, and you allow the oxygen to affect your bloodstream when you hold your breath for seven seconds. Then, you emit carbon dioxide from your lungs when you exhale steadily for eight seconds.
This process effectively slows your heart rate and increases the oxygen in your bloodstream. It instantly relaxes your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system. With it, you can fall asleep in less than a minute.
Try it and let us know in the comment section below!