Without doubt sleep should be one of the easiest things a human can do. You just close your eyes and drift off to an unexplainable and unexplored new universe that nobody can really understand.
However more often than not, for me anyhow, sleeping can be pretty damn hard to do.
Now I’m not an insomniac in the slightest, however I do spend a lot of nights tossing and turning with a million thoughts spiralling through my cranium in the dead of night before finally slipping off around half four.
I’m sure a lot of you are the same.
But never fear – as there is, apparently, a way to drift off in just a matter of seconds, according to Bright Side.
Loved by meditation experts and sleep enthusiasts everywhere, the technique is known as the 4, 7, 8 method and this is what you need to do:
1. Breathe calmly through your nose for four seconds.
2. Hold your breath for seven seconds.
3. Breathe out slowly through your mouth for eight seconds.
Now annoyingly I haven’t tried the mysterious method but bucketloads of internet users have – and they all seem pretty damn happy with it.
Apparently when you’re stressed and/or anxious the adrenaline levels in your blood increase causing your breathing to speed up.
By purposefully slowing down your breathing your heart slows down slightly – making you very calm very quickly, guaranteeing you’ll drift off to the land of nod.
Give it a go folks.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.