There's An Awesome trick That Can Get You To Sleep In Under 1 Minute

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We came across this tip from Byrdie.com and simply had to share it with you. This person is claiming that they now how you can get to sleep in under a minute. Give it a read and tell us what you think.

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Sleepless and Stressed

In the case study provided the participant was struggling to sleep as it was the week before her best friends wedding. The combination of nerves and excitement had reached epic levels. She wasn’t sleeping as she was constantly thinking of her maid of honour speech and couldn’t switch her brain off at night. 

After a few days of this she consulted the groom, who was sleeping like a baby despite the fact he had the biggest day of his life coming up, and he told her about  “4-7-8” breathing trick.

It’s very straightforward. You breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds.

The considered combination of numbers has a chemical-like effect on the brain and slows the heart rate and soothes you right to sleep.

How it Works 

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She put the trick to the test and claims that she woke up the next morning unable to even remember getting to the eighth second of the exhale because it knocked her out that fast. For the next four nights leading up to the wedding she was able to fall asleep immediately when trying the 4-7-8 trick. 

She gave some advice on using the method. Apparently you will be desperate to just take in another breath or  speed up your counting. It’s important to stick to the numbers and not take any breaks. You should be able to feel your heart slow down and your whole body relax. 

She compared it to the feeling of being put under by anesthesia, where you are conscious, and the next thing you remember is waking up. 

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Time to get a bit more technical:

People who are stressed or anxious are actually chronically under-breathing, because stressed people breathe shortly and shallowly, and often even unconsciously hold their breath.

By extending your inhale to a count of four, you are forcing yourself to take in more oxygen, allowing the oxygen to affect your bloodstream by holding your breath for seven seconds, and then emitting carbon dioxide from your lungs by exhaling steadily for eight seconds. The technique will effectively slow your heart rate and increase oxygen in your bloodstream.

It will instantly relax your heart, mind, and overall central nervous system because you are controlling the breath versus continuing to breathe short, shallow gasps of air.

How it Can Work For You

The most well-known fan of the 4-7-8 breathing technique in the U.S. is Harvard-educated Dr. Andrew Weil. He’s been spreading good vibes for the method ever since its inception.

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She does not guarantee it will work, pointing out that it’s possible that these things work better for different people

In addition to using it to fall asleep, it can be used if you wake up in the middle of the night worrying about something, or if you have pre-event nerves, or even if you are just feeling some inner rage and want to chill out a little bit. 

So, time for you guys to give it a whirl and tell us if it works for you.

H/T: Byrdie.com

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