It's incredibly easy to do, and it can also be used to help you de-stress, which is important if you want to nod off
There are few things more frustrating than not being able to fall asleep at night, and just lying there tossing and turning.
The more frustrated you get, the less likely you are to fall asleep, and then it becomes a psychological battle which can lead to longer term insomnia.
But a Harvard-trained physician thinks he has a method which, if used properly, means you can get to sleep in 60 seconds flat.
Dr. Andrew Weil pioneered the 4-7-8 technique, which sounds quite easy...
1) Breathe in for four seconds
2) Hold your breath for seven seconds
3) Breathe our for eight seconds
4) Repeat this three times (which takes 57 seconds)
5) You should then feel incredibly sleepy
The eight seconds of holding your breath is the important part. Following filling your lungs with oxygen after a deep breath, it allows that oxygen to circulate.
This relaxes your body, while focusing on the breathing means you empty all the stress and frustration from your mind.
It's similar, in a way, to breathing techniques used in Mindfullness, which also seeks to help you get rid of those recurring thoughts that just won't go away.