Can New Technique Really Get You to Sleep in 60 seconds?

Whether it’s having a warm bath, enjoying a hot drink, or participating in some bedroom-based exercise regimes (and we don’t mean press-ups and crunches!), people are always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help them fall asleep. But unlike fad diets or ‘get rich quick’ schemes, neither of which actually ever works, one man might have finally found a way to cure common insomnia....


Harvard-trained medical doctor, Dr Andrew Weil, promises his new technique ‘is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere,' so there’s a very strong chance that you’ll never need to think about sheep post-10pm again!


1. Inhale deeply through your nose for four seconds
2. Hold your breath for a count of seven seconds
3. Exhale through your mouth for eight seconds

4. Repeat stages 1, 2, 3

5. Repeat once more


Referred to as the 4-7-8 breathing technique, Dr Weil suggests that his method, which takes 57 seconds in total, acts as a 'natural tranquiliser for the nervous system,' whereby the additional intake of oxygen promotes a state of calmness, by helping to reduce tension in the body.

It's based on an ancient Indian practice called ‘Pranayama,’ meaning the regulation of breath, and helps you to feel better connected to your body, while also distracting you from the everyday thoughts that can disrupt sleep. Considering six out of ten Britons are now thought to suffer from sleep deprivation, getting less than seven hours of shuteye a night, Dr Wren’s newfound method could mean the country overall (but especially London) is a less grouchy place!

What do you make of the 4-7-8 technique; is it a dream come true, or does Dr Wren need to wake up and smell the coffee? As always, let us know in the comment box below, and for another ‘pinch yourself’ moment, check out the Be An Athlete Sweatpants range – comfortable enough to lull anyone to sleep!


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