Lack of concentration, moodiness and excessive yawning are just a few of the signs associated with a lack of sleep.
Whatever the reason keeping you up at night, here are three relaxation techniques to try – that don’t involve counting sheep.
1 – Tell your body to relax
Lie on your back with your eyes closed and give yourself a mini guided mediation working your way through each part of your body, telling it to relax.
“Forehead relax, eyes relax, cheeks relax, and so forth," Joshua Jacobi, MD, an interventional cardiologist told Well and Good.
2 - Alternate nostril breathing
This technique, also known as Nadi Shodhan, helps to calm the mind.
The following video shows you how.
3 - Breathe deeply
Deep breaths can help relax the mind and the body, helping you to slip back into a slumber.
Try the 4-7-8 breathing method, it’s said to have you asleep in one minute flat.
First, keep the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue behind your upper front teeth for the entire exercise, then:
- Exhale completely, and loudly through your mouth
- Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose for four seconds
- Hold your breath for seven seconds
- Exhale completely, and loudly, through your mouth for eight seconds