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Hello! Last week I had a stress test to check up on my heart (it went really, really well!). Usually the night before a test I have serious trouble falling asleep, and last week was no exception. After tossing and turning through the better half of the night, I decided to try out a breathing method I'd heard about to help promote sleep ... 4-7-8 breathing. I wasn't expecting much, but shockingly it actually helped relax me. I ended up dozing off for the rest of the night. So I had to share!
4-7-8 Breathing Method
If you do yoga breathing, place your tongue in the yogic position (tip of the tongue on the roof of your mouth where it meets your teeth) while doing your 4-7-8 breathing. Although, I find that it also works without this.
- Take a deep breath in through your nose for 4 seconds
- Hold that breath for 7 seconds
- Release the breath through your mouth for 8 seconds
-Do four rounds of this and feel the wave of calm wash over you
Give it a try, let me know what you think. And if you don't notice any change the first time, try again. This breathing exercise only gets better with practice and consistency, so don't give up on it the first few attempts.
PS. 4-7-8 breathing is also helpful in dealing with stress, fighting off food cravings, and lowering anxiety.
PPS. To learn more about 4-7-8 breathing, check out Dr. Weil's video.