Breathing exercises for better sleep

Updated: Jan 27, 2021



Do you sleep like a baby or toss and turn all night? 🛏️


Fronted adverbials, being stuck on the Titanic and being eaten by a dragon are all things waking me up these days and causing a restless sleep! Not to mention the dream where I was imprisoned by my 4 kids. The joys of homeschooling 😊


Good quality sleep is so important and is often a neglected component of every person's overall health and well-being. 🛏️


We all know about eating well and exercise for overall health but sleep😴 is important because:

  • It enables the body to recover & repair mentally & physically

  • Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain

  • Heart disease

  • Recover from illness faster

There are lots of lifestyle changes that you can make to improve the quality of your sleep: Reducing caffeine☕, exercise early in the day😅, having time outside, no electronics an hour or 2 before bed, eating healthy🥗, having a positive attitude…to name a few.


But what if you are doing all that already and still no change?


Deep breathing is a fantastic way to reduce stress & anxiety and help you relax at bedtime.


I not only do this at bedtime but also end all my client sessions in this way to reset and relax the mind.

  • I love dabbing some essential oil in my palms and breathing in deeply through my nose into the abdominals, rather than shallow breathing in the chest.

  • As you breathe, be sure to inhale through your nose👃and then exhale through your mouth😮.

  • Keep your face relaxed as you do this.

  • Breathe in and out while counting to make sure that you are breathing slowly. Relax and focus on the sound of your breath.

  • Continue breathing like this for 5-10 minutes.

Once you’ve become better at engaging your abdominal muscles, it is really useful to do when you get anxious or stressed in the day too.


BENEFITS:

Helps to slow down the various functions in your body that can keep you tense and anxious.


Allowing yourself to deep breathe will slow your heart rate and make it easier to drift off to sleep.😴


Let me know if this was helpful and I hope you get a better night’s sleep as a result.❤️️


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