People Share A Breathing Exercise That Helps With Sleep Disorders (1 pic + 5 gifs + 1 video)

Posted in INTERESTING       17 Sep 2019       2773       2 GALLERY VIEW

The breathing technique is called ‘4-7-8’ and is designed to help people calm down

The gifs were taken from a video made by Dr. Andrew Weil and the breathing technique shown is called the ‘4-7-8’ breathing technique. Does it really help people fall asleep in minutes? Dr. Weil claims that this technique can help in certain scenarios like dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as helping people fall asleep easier. Although it might require additional practice to easily incorporate the exercise into daily life, the doctor claims that it is one of the easiest little moves to help calm your nerves.


Press the tip of your tongue against the hard ridge behind your upper front teeth and keep it there

Exhale all your breath out

The exercise requires a few simple steps. One should start by completely exhaling. Then, these are the steps:

1. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

2. Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

3. Hold your breath for a count of seven.

4. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

5. This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.


Inhale, quietly, through your nose for four seconds

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Hold the breath for seven seconds (or counts, if it’s too slow for you)

It is said that the time to do this exercise is not important, it’s the ratio of 4-7-8 that should always be important. One can either slow down or speed up according to what works for them, just keep in mind that breathing out should take two times longer than breathing in.


Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whooshing sound, for 8 seconds (or counts)


Here’s the video where Dr. Weil showcases the technique

Of course, Tumblr users were amazed by such claims so they decided to try the technique themselves and report the results. While some had minimum impact, others claimed that it helped them fall asleep. There were also those who said that it helped them manage their anxiety and even one user who reported that she uses the technique to help her as an actress. Quite interesting experiences!



Limited 4 year s ago
Izismile you need to stop with this bull. This is the medical equivalent of anti-vax claims. Take it from someone for whom crippling insomnia runs in the family: if you have a real sleep disorder, this BS is like taking essential oils to stop Polio. You are a disgrace for posting this.
House 4 year s ago
Limited, I remember when you said this same thing months ago and I replied back to you about how sleep insomnia meditations without medications have been very beneficial for me. Now you're back at it again blaming Izismile for sharing information that you think is BS, when actually you're just pissed nothing works for you. This post is actually very educational and helpful to those like me and you who suffer from insomnia. I've found the meditation exercises that are mirrored here in this post extremely helpful. I'm highly allergic to a lot of medications so I seek out alternatives. That doesn't make me a goofball essential oils fanatic any more than it makes you a kind person. Stop insisting this site is all about you when you don't make any positive effort to make things better. All you do is complain. I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you're so sad and in pain. I'm sorry you're responsible alone for you pain. You're not a victim, you're the cause. And you're just wanting to spread your pain onto others. I'm not taking your pain. So stfu and deal with the fact that this is a free site. You're a disgrace for thinking it's yours alone.





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