This Simple Breathing Exercise Can Help You Fall Back Asleep At Night

If you ever wake up in the middle of the night and can't seem to get back to dreamland, this deep breathing exercise can help.

You wake up, roll over to look at your alarm clock and you've only slept for a few hours. So what do you do? Maybe you reach for your phone, maybe you turn on a light to read a book. Or maybe, if you're like me, you turn on your TV. The fact is, those activities are going to wake you up even more.

In this video from the Tech Insider YouTube channel, Dr Eric Voight from New York University shares a simple breathing technique for those restless nights. Lay back down in your bed, get comfortable and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Do it slowly, deeply and rhythmically. If it helps, you can even repeat "relax" in your head to help keep other thoughts out. The breathing gets your parasympathetic nervous system to release some hormones that will help you get sleepy again.

How to fall back asleep in the middle of the night [Tech Insider]

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