This breathing technique will get you to sleep in just one minute
A simple breathing technique that takes seconds to complete could help you fall asleep in just one minute.
The 4-7-8 trick works by switching off the body’s stress response, meaning falling into sleep is easier – and all you have to do is breathe.
Harvard-educated doctor and author Andrew Weil champions the technique and says it is as effective as tranquillisers.
The 4-7-8 method has been endorsed by yoga and meditation teachers.
In 2016, Dr Weil said: ‘This exercise is a natural tranquiliser for the nervous system.
‘Unlike tranquilising drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice.