We all know that there are some things in life that are just necessary, food, water and shelter for example. But to be a reasonable human being and to be able to function during the daily routine, we need one more thing that is maybe the most important thing of all, we need to sleep.
When you miss sleep, it’s like being half of you, you have less energy, you’re not as friendly, not as smart as you are used to be and many other things. Sleeping good at night is a must do.
OK, great, we get it, sleeping is good, important and everything, but what happens when you just can’t fall asleep. You lie there in bed, thinking about how much you want to sleep, look at your phone again, checking the time, turn over and so on.
The longer you think about it, the harder it is to actually fall asleep. Luckily, there are a few ways to help you tackle this issue and get you napping in no time. Below are 2 methods that you can try to fall asleep in 5 minutes like a champion.
OK are you ready to be blown away? Breathing. Breathing is the one thing that has the biggest impact on your body, by breathing in different ways you can change your blood pressure, heart rate, your emotional stability and more.
If you ever had a panic attack than you know that the only way to snap out of it is by breathing slowly and regularly. On the flip side, if you ever done the ” breath of fire ” routine in yoga you must know the burst of energy you get after a round, believe you and me, if you need to wake up fast, it’s better than coffee. But getting back on point, if you need to fall asleep, here’s how:
1 : Lie down on your back, or your favorite position.
2: Breathe through your nose on the count of three, that means, start breathing and count to three in your head.
3: Now breathe out of your nose and this time count to six.
4: Repeat this for like 5 minutes and you will fall asleep like a baby
Here’s why this works like a charm. The first reason, is that you concentrate on counting your breath, so it’s like another version of counting sheep. The second reason this works is because of the effect the shorter inhale and longer exhale has on your body and mind.
To get a little bit more into detail, the physiological impact is immediate, your autonomic nervous system will shift gears, it will tell your muscles to relax and take it easy, your heart rate will slow down and your brain will downshift from high-alert to relaxation mode.
If you can’t breathe in the same rhythm as we mentioned, three seconds inhale, six exhale. you can change it up, as long as your exhale will be longer than the inhale, you’re good to go.
This technique is actually called the ” 7-11 breathing ” by the medical community and meditation practitioners and all of them can account for the power it has. Tell us after you tried it how long do you think it took you to fall asleep, my bet is that under five minutes you will be down hard. Try and prove me wrong. Sweet dreams!