You’ve tried a warm bath, a hot, milky drink and even counting sheep, but you’re still lying wide awake wondering why you can’t fall asleep.
Now, one scientist claims he has a way of getting insomniacs to slip into a slumber in just 60 seconds – and it doesn’t involve prescription drugs or strange lighting.
Dubbed the 4-7-8 breathing technique, the method is described as a ‘natural tranquiliser for the nervous system’ helping to reduce tension in the body.
It was pioneered by Arizona-based Dr Andrew Weill who says on his YouTube channel: ‘It is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.’
To do the 4-7-8 breathing technique, you first need to exhale completely through your mouth while making a ‘whoosh’ sound.
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Now hold your breath for a count of seven.
After this time has elapsed, exhale completely through your mouth, making another whoosh sound for eight second in one large breath.
Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three times for a total of four breaths.
‘Note that you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth.
‘The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time,’ Dr Weil says.
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