If you're looking for a sleep hack to cease sleeplessness, breathing slowly is the best way to go. When you're feeling stressed or anxious, your breathing tends to be irregular and shallow. This can prevent you from falling asleep and keep you up all night. And oppositely, when you are calm, your breathing is slow and coherent.
Now consider this -what if, at a time when you're feeling anxious, you breathe as you would if you were calm and collected? The idea is that in doing so, you are sending your nervous system a signal that it is time to relax. Certainly, that is just a notion, but for many people, it seems that the way to go is to do deep breathing exercises before bed. This will help you to slow down your brain activity and peacefully drift off to sleep.
There are lots of different techniques that you can try, but here's one that I find particularly helpful:
1. Lie down in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
2. Inhale deeply through your nose, counting to four.
3. Hold your breath briefly
4. Exhale slowly through your mouth, counting to eight.
5. Repeat this cycle two or three times.
You may also want to try a guided meditation, which works particularly well for an overactive mind. Try one here.
Practicing deep breathing exercises before bed can help you to fall asleep faster and get a better night's sleep. After all, as simple as breathing may look, it is an orchestra where your lungs, heart, and nervous system are the maestro musicians at play. And it appears that on the exhale, the orchestra chooses to play calm, relaxing classical music. So try this and comment below to tell me how it works.