If you struggle with relaxing and falling asleep at night, you are certainly not alone. Insomnia and sleep deprivation are reaching epidemic proportions in the United States and around the world. There are a number of sleep devices and medications that can be used to assist you in getting a good night’s sleep, but if you are one of those who are searching for a natural method then you might want to try one or more of these deep breathing techniques. [caption id="attachment_627" align="alignright" width="300"] Controlled breathing can be a life saver for those stressful situations[/caption] There is substantial anecdotal evidence that just ten minutes of controlled breathing exercises can help to lower your blood pressure and help to put you into a calm and peaceful zone from which you can more easily float off to sleep. Mastering these exercises is easy, and once you’ve learned them they can be done in bed as easily as at your desk or anyplace else where you are feeling anxious and out of control. The techniques that follow may offer you relief not only lying awake in your bed and staring at the ceiling, but also from other situations where stress is beginning to have a significant negative impact.
- Equal Breathing (Sama Vritti)
- Abdominal Breathing
- Progressive Relaxation