Fall Asleep Fast
The Easiest Method Out There

Just a few weeks ago I actually learned about a highly effective breathing exercise to fall asleep fast.

At first, I was quite skeptical regarding all the scientific referrals and was wondering if this really works in reality. But nevertheless I decided to give it a shot...

And, yes! Success!

With this simple breathing exercise, I managed to fall asleep within a matter of minutes every single day I used it. I mean, nowadays I can manage to fall asleep pretty quick nevertheless, but I could still clearly see the positive effects.

And after learning a bit more about the method and its background, I have found this knowledge about breathing to have a huge impact to my life. In the end of this article, I summarize my understanding of why it works.

Now, to the method!

What You Need - The 7 Requirements

Before you start, you should fulfill a few simple requirements, namely:

  1. Have a fairly empty stomach, i.e. don't eat too late
  2. Sleep in a room with a cool, yet comfortable, temperature
  3. Sleep in a room with good air quality
  4. Make sure you're not dehydrated
  5. You must have a certain ability to focus on the task at hand
  6. As always, go to bed when you're sleepy
  7. Sleep on your side, not on your back, in order to get the right breathing effects

All of them are pretty easy to fulfill, and if you aren't already then I suggest that you really look into improving your sleep hygiene.

So now you're ready to get going...

How It Works - The 4 Steps

Alright, it's really simple actually and here are the core 4 steps:

  1. Take a small breath in using your diaphragm. With small, I mean a slightly shorter inhale than you normally do. Basically, you want to feel a little bit of air hunger.
  2. Once you've inhaled, relax all of your muscles and feel how the oxygen fills your body. Don't move anything, just lie.
  3. Breathe out slowly and again stop before you've exhaled completely. In essence, you want your breathing frequency to be slightly smaller (longer cycles) while you at the same time breath a bit more shallow.
  4. Repeat from step 1 and continue until you fall asleep. Hopefully, you will soon feel a warm sensation in your body as you keep going and within a few minutes you should be asleep already.

So remember, smaller breaths, longer cycles and a relaxed body.

Why It Works - The 1 Reason

The science behind this breathing method for how to fall asleep fast is indeed very interesting. Let me explain.

Your ability to fall asleep naturally has been shown to correlate with the level of oxygen and CO2 in your brain cells. So more oxygen and CO2 is positive for you. In fact, it's good for your overall health.

At the same time, the more and heavier you breathe, the less oxygen and CO2 will remain in your body.

So in essence, the less air you breathe, the healthier affects you will see. At first this explanation might just sound like a strange paradox to you. No worries, it did for me as well...

The key here is that it's not at all the amount of air we breathe in (usually around 6 liters/min) that is important. Instead, it's your body oxygen levels that matters. You need air in all of your cells to function and the more, the better.

So what this breathing exercise does is that it tries to make sure you maximize your body oxygen levels for just a short while in order for you to fall asleep easy.

That's why it works.


Let me know how this exercise for how to fall asleep fast works for you. If you're unable to see any effect after this guidance, then please get a deeper understanding by visiting the site linked in the beginning. It's a fantastic resource for learning about the connection between breathing and health.

However it goes, please write in the comment field. Sleep well! =)


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Thanks for reading! By Matthew M. McEwan


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