Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tips on Beating Insomnia: The Breathing Method


Yes you can beat insomnia without drugs or complex behavior modifications. How?

No we're not going to count sheep here like the good old story that counting sheep is a good way to fall asleep. Instead we're going to count our breaths to help ourselves drift away into blissful rest. Did you know that the most common causes of insomnia is a mind that's too active on bedtime. We lay down but our mind still thinks about our day's problems, events, plans, worries, tasks and just about anything that we encounter the whole day.

Now we can get control of our mind by telling ourselves that we will not think of nothing else but the breaths going in and out of our body. Count our breaths up to four times and start again. Count 1 inhale and 1 exhale as one complete breath. After completing 4 breaths start over at one again. Just think of nothing but the counting. It will be difficult at first but the results are just amazing if we really focus on counting. I bet we will not get through more than four cycles before we drift off to sleep.

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2 comments:

junezach February 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

I work on a shifting schedule. There are months that I work at night. When I try to sleep during daytime, it is very difficult. My mind seems to be active. I would agree that focusing yourself on your breath inhale and exhale would help me fall asleep although I really did not count 1-4. Hehehe! This is good tip! :D

luvsclassics February 9, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

Thanks for sharing this for falling asleep. The only one I knew was counting sheep.

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