How to Fall Asleep in Seconds 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

How to Fall Asleep in Seconds 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

Dr Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained medical doctor with a focus on holistic health, says this breathing exercise will not only get us sleeping but also help us restore balance in times of stress and even curb food cravings – other issues parents are dealing with constantly.

He has shared numerous videos on it I’ve linked one below. You will see that the technique is pretty simple but powerful.

He explains: “Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.”

This is followed by this 4 step process:

  1. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a count of 4.
  2. Hold your breath for a count of 7.
  3. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of 8.
  4. This is one breath. Now repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Dr. Weil stresses that you should only increase your cycles as you get more used to it.

Try it the 4-7-8 before bed and let me know below in the comments how you slept. Want to be notified of our next sleep tip? Make sure to subscribe to the newsletter.