1. Alternate Nostril Breathing
Sounds simple – is actually ingenious. By breathing through alternate nostrils, you’re in fact balancing the right and left side of the brain and calming your nervous system. Simply sit comfortably on your bed, close off one nostril and inhale fully through the other for the count of four, then at the top of that breath close off the open nostril and open the other to exhale through (also for the count of four). Repeat as many times as you like.
2. Humming Bee Breath
Take a long inhalation through the nose and then, on the exhalation, create a humming noise – or the sound of the letter ‘M’ – from your throat. Sustain the sound until you need to breathe in again, then repeat. Practice for as long as it feels good.
3. 4-7-8 Method
Many swear by this sleep inducing breathing method where you breathe in for four seconds, hold it for seven, then breathe out audibly for eight. Repeat until you nod off.