Is it too difficult for you to fall asleep at night? You should try the 4-7-8 breathing technique that claims to help you nod off in 60 seconds!
Some people have a hard time sleeping. We can chalk it up to bad food late at night, too many screens before bed, and stress. It is incredibly difficult to shut your brain down and give it a break at night.
The question is, what is the method 4, 7 and 8?
You breathe through your nose for four second, hold it for seven seconds, and exhale through your mouth for eight seconds. It slows down your heart rate, and it also releases chemicals in our brain that soothe you.
In the moment when we are stressed, our endocrine system releases adrenaline through our adrenal glands. This elevates your heart rate, and can make you feel jittery and unwell.
It makes you breathe rapid and shallow. But, using this breathing method, you counteract the natural effects of adrenaline and your body is forced to slow down your heart rate. It doesn’t have a choice! At the beginning, you may feel a tad uncomfortable. After a while, you really do feel your heart rate slow and your mind clear.