Breathing Techniques for Insomniacs
Generally, the deeper and slower you breathe, the more relaxed and sedated you will become. Just remember to breathe naturally and effortlessly.
Here is a simple breathing technique that can help you relax and fall asleep:
- Take a deep breath. Breathe in through your nose and visualize the air moving down your lungs. As you breathe in, silently count to four.
- Purse your lips as you exhale slowly. As you breathe out, silently count to eight.
- Repeat this process six to ten times.
There are other relaxation techniques that you could try to improve your sleep and deal with insomnia, including breathing techniques, meditations, muscle activity and techniques that involve external electronic devices. This is a separate and extensive topic, one with effects that vary depending on individual. I will not attempt to cover it here. However, if you think you are so tense that you may benefit from more relaxation techniques, then you should research this subject further.
Just remember, the most important thing about relaxation techniques is not to try too hard. The idea is not to try to relax, but let relaxation happen, passively.