Can't sleep at night? Well you're not alone -- as many as 60 million Americans have to deal with chronic sleeplessness each year.
Before you let that number keep you up counting sheep, take a deep breath. Seriously -- just breathe.
Best-selling author doctor Andrew Weil says the key to a good night's sleep is a breathing technique known as the 4-7-8 exercise.
Based off a holistic Indian practice, Dr. Weil says the breathing exercise helps fill the lungs with more oxygen and leading your body to relax.
When you're ready for a restful night, begin by exhaling all the air from your lungs. Then breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for 7, and breathe out through your mouth for 8 seconds. That counts as one cycle. Repeat that three more times for a total of four.
Dr. Weil recommends trying the technique out twice a day for 6 to 8 weeks at which point he says you'll be able to fall asleep in 60 seconds.
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