Insomnia means difficulty with either falling or staying asleep. A yoga instructor advised a girl who had this problem before her friend got married. She gave her an advice to lie in a supine position and close her eyes, take a deep breath through the nose and inhale for 4 seconds. Hold the air for 7 seconds slowly start to exhale through the mouth for 8 seconds. Repeat the whole procedure 4-7-8 counting the seconds for yourself and then follow the breathing procedure.
It may look strange, but it is very effective. It is good for people who are stressed, worried or anxious, when the levels of adrenaline in the blood are increasing, when the breathing becomes shorter and faster. This method works as a sedative.
While we are holding our breath and exhale it slowly, the heart rate decelerates. This method also relieves the mind due to the counting and the focusing on the breathing. You will not be aware about it when you do this, but your nervous system begins to relieve slowly and the feelings of worry will fade away, calming the whole organism. This will relax your body and works almost like anesthesia.
Andrew Weil, a doctor of medical sciences at Harvard University studied this method and found out that the 4-7-8 technique to sleep has long been practiced by yoga practitioners from India. It has been used in meditation for centuries to relax the mind and body. The doctor also confirms that the method is safe and doesn’t cause any side effects.
If you wake up at night and think long before sleep or are nervous about a future event, use the method ‘4-7-8′. It will be of great benefit.
Dr. Weil recommends that you practice the method twice every day to perfect it and to be able to use it every time you need it.
Try it, you will not regret!