The side effects of stress and anxiety often include insomnia, disturbed sleep, and difficulty falling asleep. If your body and mind are entangled in stressful situations, sleep can become elusive. However, practicing deep and slow breathing techniques can activate your body’s relaxation response, aiding in better sleep. The 4-7-8 breathing technique is specifically designed to put the body into a state of deep relaxation. This practice involves holding your breath for extended periods to increase oxygen levels.
The 4-7-8 breathing technique enhances oxygen saturation in muscles, organs, nerves, and tissues. This exercise also compels the mind and body to focus on breath control and regulation, which calms your racing heart and frayed nerves, alleviates anxiety and worries, and helps you sleep better and faster. Dr. Weil, who developed the 4-7-8 breathing technique, describes this exercise as a natural tranquilizer for the central nervous system.
Learn how to practice this technique by watching the video linked here.