4-7-8 breathing method could help you fall asleep if anxiety keeps you up
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — If anxiety makes it hard for you to fall asleep, here are a few tips from experts.
They recommend the 4-7-8 breathing method.
This method is supposed to help reduce anxiety and can make it easier to fall asleep.
It forces your mind and body to focus on regulating your breath, instead of your worries.
The method involves inhaling for four counts, holding your breath for seven counts and then exhaling for eight counts.
To begin, sit up and place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth behind your upper teeth.
Close your mouth and quietly inhale through your nose to a mental count of four.
Next, hold your breath and count to seven. Then, exhale through your mouth for a count of eight, making a ‘whoosh’ sound.
Repeat the process three more times.