The 4 / 7 / 8 and Good Sleep

A little more than a year ago, I read something about a breathing technique being taught by Dr. Andrew Weil. Dr. Weil specializes in natural remedies though I’m sure even he would say in the case of an infection to head it off with some strong drugs!

Not quite the heading off I had in mind,

Anyhow, I watched him explain the technique — it is meant to help you fall asleep at night as well as help you relax in tense situations. The technique is fairly straightforward and goes like this:

First, you exhale all the air from your mouth, as much as you can.
Take a breath in through your nose, and count to four in your head as you do this. Stop at four.
Hold that breath for a count of seven seconds.
Exhale the breath through your mouth for a count of eight seconds. You may wonder how you can exhale eight seconds worth of air when you only breathed in for four, but it’s perfectly feasible.
Repeat this two more times — in four, hold seven, out eight. In four, hold seven, out eight.

So just breathing, then? I’m pretty sure I can handle that.

That’s it. I tried it the first night after I read about it and was asleep in minutes. I tried it the following night and again, minutes! It has been, in fact, a habit I have done every single night since then without fail — the only thing I have consistently done every day without missing a day, in fact. This could be because it is so easy that it’s hard to fail.

I would like to encourage you to try this technique out tonight — it’s really splendid!

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