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Best Breathing Exercises for Sleep: Calm the Mind and improve sleep quality

Breathing exercises for sleep are a wonderful, drug-free way to help you fall asleep. When we breathe deeply and calmly, we enter the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us release tension and reach a relaxed state. The effects of breathing exercises on anxiety has been confirmed by a meta analytic study review in 2021. Breathing techniques can also help with blood pressure, stress, and many other things.

Often, insomnia and stress are interlinked. If you suffer from a racing mind, deep breathing exercises can help clear your thoughts and feel calm so that you’re able to fall asleep more easily. Some health care systems even prescribe breathing exercises to patients. If you have trouble sleeping at night due to an overactive mind, try practicing one or all of these breathing techniques right before bedtime:

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Before going to bed, try practicing any of these relaxation techniques for about five minutes. Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position with your back straight and breathe deeply using either the nose or mouth — whichever is more soothing for you. Take full, deep breaths, activating both your...

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