A health expert claims that this breathing trick can make a person sleep in just one minute.
The breathing method involves making a loud whooshing noise with your mouth and then holding your breath in a few stages.
The method is called ‘4-7-8’ method and it has been pioneered by the sleep expert. Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Andrew claims that his sleeping method really works because it calms the minds and relaxes the muscles.
One in three people suffer from poor sleep. Poor sleep and lack of sleep can cause serious medical conditions such as heart diseases, obesity and diabetes. Dr. Weil claims that a simple alteration to your normal breathing can be the answer to all your sleeping problems.
“This comes from yoga and in yoga breathing you have to keep the tip of the tongue behind the upper front teeth. You breathe in through your nose quietly and blow air out forcefully through your mouth making a whoosh sound. It takes all of about 30 seconds so there is no excuse for not doing it. It produces a very pleasant altered state of consciousness. You may not get that the first time you do it but it’s one of the benefits of practicing,” explains Dr. Weil.
‘4-7-8’ Breathing Method
The trick is to hold your breath for 4 seconds, breath out and then hold for 7 seconds. Exhale completely for the count of 8. Repeat 4 times. It is easy, just follow the steps:
1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.
4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
5. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.
Dr. Weil explains that his method really works because your lungs get fully charged with air, allowing more oxygen into your body which gives you a state of calm.
“You have to do this two times a day religiously. It will become a wonderful way to help you fall asleep. You can do it more often throughout the day.It is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere.After about four to six weeks you will see wonderful changes in your body,” adds Dr. Andrew.
This incredible method can also help you control anger and deal with cravings. It can also improve your digestion and lower your stress levels.