Here’s How to Go to Sleep Fast (in Under 1 Minute)

Here’s How to Go to Sleep Fast (in Under 1 Minute)
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This simple exercise can help you sleep soundly and manage stressful situations in a better way. Promoted by Harvard educated Dr. Andrew Weil, the breathing technique, known as 4-7-8, changes your body’s physiology and alters your state of mind. This yogic method might be the easiest and cheapest way to achieve some deep relaxation amidst your busy life schedule which will enable you to go to sleep fast.

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4-7-8 Breathing Exercise – How to Perform It

Do the exercise in a position that is comfortable for you: sitting, standing, lying. If you’re sitting, keep your back straight.

Put the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth and keep it there for the duration of the exercise.

Breathe out completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

Breathe in through your nose silently to a count of 4.

Hold your breath and count to 7.

Breathe out through your mouth, making a whoosh sound and count to 8.

This is one cycle.

Repeat the cycle 4 times. You might fall asleep before you finish the final repetition.

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Note: Exhalation is twice as long as inhalation. It’s important that you maintain the ratio of 4-7-8 throughout the practice. Adjust the counting to your breathing. You might need to start by counting faster, and then progress to a slower rhythm as you get used to the routine. The speed is not important; it’s the ratio that brings the positive effects.

Dr. Weil suggests using this technique also when you’re feeling stressed, so you can deal better with your emotions and produce a more balanced reaction. He advises repeating the exercise at least two times daily, best in the morning and in the evening.

Always do 4 cycles at a time. After one month, this can be increased to up to 8 cycles. With time, when you become familiar with the breathing routine, it will be easier to employ it in challenging daily situations.

There are other natural methods that can help you fall asleep: you can consume this natural substance or you can eat these foods for better sleep. You can also try these 12 herbs for insomnia.

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How Does It Work?

When we feel anxious or stressed, more adrenalin gets released into the blood stream. The heart beat gets quicker and the breathing becomes shallower and faster. You might even hold your breath in an unnatural way.

When you perform the 4-7-8 technique, you extend your inhalation, so you take in more oxygen. When you hold your breath, the oxygen gets to travel around the body, and then you slowly release the carbon dioxide as you breathe out in a controlled manner.

You’ll feel the heart beat slowing down, and you might even experience some gentle light-headedness since the technique works in a sedative-like way. The parasympathetic part of the brain gets activated, making you feel more relaxed and calm.

 When to Use 4-7-8?

  • When trying to fall asleep.
  • If you wake up during the night.
  • When you feel angry.
  • When you feel anxious or scared.
  • Every time you feel the need to relax.

Here are are other recommended articles that will help you get better sleep:
The Best Foods For Better Sleep
Tricks to Fall Asleep When Your Mind Is Busy
How To Improve Sleep Disorders With This Natural Substance
Discover the Best 12 Herbs for Insomnia

Here is a video explaining how to perform the 4-7-8 technique:

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14 Responses to Here’s How to Go to Sleep Fast (in Under 1 Minute)

  1. Dysie says:

    I will love to learn more about natural ways to improve my overall health !

  2. kathy says:

    I was sitting in a doctors office and this breathing exercise was the TV I tried it and almost fell asleep! It works !!!

  3. John says:

    You need to clarify your tutorial – it’s ambiguous as it stands.
    “This is one cycle”. What is? Going by your tutorial I’ve got the cycle as:

    1) Breathe out completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
    2) Breathe in through your nose silently to a count of 4.
    3) Hold your breath and count to 7.
    4) Breathe out through your mouth, making a whoosh sound and count to 8.

    So you do the “whoosh” out-breath twice, right? Once at the start then at the end?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi John, you are right, the “whoosh” out-breath is done twice – at the start and at the end.

      • Rebou Chage says:

        According to your instructions for this you can not breathe out at stage 1, because the breathing out is done at stage 4. Because you have expelled all the air from your lungs at stage 4 it is therefore not possible to do this again at stage 1.

        Your instructions are unclear to say the least. I think they should be as follows:

        Before you start the exercise make sure you breathe out, then begin at stage 1, for 4 cycles, i.e. 1,2,3; 1,2,3; 1,2,3; finally 1,2,3 again.

        1) Breathe in through your nose silently to a count of 4.
        2) Hold your breath and count to 7.
        3) Breathe out through your mouth, making a whoosh sound and count to 8.

        • Jenny says:

          You can breathe between the cycles – it is common sense. If the instructions are not clear, you can always watch the video at the end of the article – it explains how to perform the 4-7-8 technique, and this is why I’ve included this video in the article.

  4. Christine says:

    I have used this since I saw it on one of the morning TV shows. It works great to clear your mind since you are concentrating on the counting and breathing. It seems it really does tell your body/mind to gear down. I don’t fall asleep in one minute but in 3-5 minutes. But I am definitely less stressed after completing the exercise and more able to fell asleep. I recommend this!

  5. moonvalleymama says:

    Jenny,
    Thanks again for ALL the healthy and natural, and useful information you share, freely.
    It is greatly appreciated!

  6. Jenni says:

    I couldnt do it i just kept yawning.😂😂🙂

  7. Hannah says:

    How many times did you have to do it

  8. CantGetNoSleep says:

    Tried this one for about an hour, guess it doesn’t work if you have insomnia…

  9. Marshmallow says:

    Worked last night, now doesn’t work. (Tried 100 times)

  10. DEVANSHI LUHADIA says:

    yes it really workes…….it was amazing

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