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Sleep is one of the most important things we do. It helps our bodies function properly, levels out our moods, and even helps us heal from illnesses and injuries. While some people have no problem falling asleep at night, for others, bedtime is a battle. Those who experience regular insomnia or just can't fall asleep occasionally, relaxation techniques to help.

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1. The 4-7-8 Breathing Method

The 4-7-8 breathing method promotes relaxation and may contribute to a restful sleep. This breathing pattern primarily relaxes the nervous system and can help calm anxiety and stress. To follow this method, simply place the tip of your tongue behind your upper front teeth and exhale with your mouth open. Next, close your mouth and take a deep breath while counting slowly to four in your head. Hold this breath for a count of seven, and exhale slowly for eight. Repeat this pattern as many times as needed, continuing to bring your focus back to your breathing if it wanders.

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