by Matt Alderton | August 03, 2017
A good night's sleep is critical to work/life balance. Getting your needed winks can be difficult, however, if you have trouble falling asleep.

"There's nothing worse than finally making it into bed after a long day at work and then being unable to actually fall asleep," says The Muse contributor Alyse Kalish, who decided to try curing her own sleeplessness by attempting a popular breathing exercise known as the 4-7-8 exercise.

"[It's] supposed to help you fall asleep in under one minute," Kalish continues. "The practice is easy: Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, exhale through your mouth for eight. It was developed in this way so that you take in more air on your inhales, let the oxygen hit your bloodstream by holding your breath, and slow down your heart rate on your exhales."

Focus less on the precise number of seconds, Kalish advises, and more on the overall rhythm: in, hold, out. If you do, she promises, you'll be asleep in no time.

"It works!" she concludes, saying of her own experiment: "I woke up the next morning feeling great and I couldn't actually remember when I'd fallen asleep."

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