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January 12, 2015

Ready, Set, Sleep!



I may stand corrected.  Which would make me and a lot of clients happy.  And sleepy.  As a cognitive behavioral psychologist (CBT) I typically teach a 6-4-8 breathing exercise as a stress relief technique and as a sleep aid,.  This involves a 6-second inhale, 4-second hold, and 8-second exhale (or 8-4-10, depending on the individual's starting point).

But in this post  by Alina Gonzalez entitled, How I Learned To Fall Asleep In Under 1 Minute, she advocates using Dr. Andrew Weil's breathing technique which she calls the "4-7-8 Trick."  You can go to Dr. Weil's website to see him demonstrate, here.

So I plan to take the 4-7-8 versus 6-4-8 breathing challenge.  And I invite readers to do the same. Leave me a comment and let me know which breathing exercise calmed, relaxed, and helped you get to sleep the most quickly.

Ready, Set, Sleep!


And a big shout out to my sister for 
bringing my attention to the article Under 1 Minute blog post. 

--Sandy Andrews, Ph.D.
Cognitive Behavioral Psychologist 
Austin, Texas