How breathing through ONE nostril can help you fall asleep faster: expert claims to breathe through the left side relieves anxiety and soothes & # 39; nonsense & # 39; thoughts
- Moon breathing is a Japanese breathing technique that is also used by yogis
- By concentrating on breathing through the left nostril, it relaxes and improves sleep
- It can also help curb anxiety attacks by applying pressure to both nostrils
Many of us know the frustration of throwing and spinning in the middle of the night.
Now a lifestyle guru has shared a technique she swears by for reducing anxiety and calming the & # 39; nonsense & # 39; thoughts that keep you awake.
Moon breathing, also known as Chandra Bhedana in Sanskrit, means that the right nostril is blocked and is only inhaled via the left. This can calm the nervous system, which in turn helps you fall asleep, experts believe.
The technique is popular with yogis, who claim to improve the sleep cycle, and is more often used as a calming and relaxing technique in parts of Asia, including Japan.
Moon breathing is a Japanese technique and popular with yogis, breathing only through the left nostril. Woman sleeping soundly, stock image
In her book Kaizen: The Japanese Method for Transforming Habits, One Small Step at a Time, author Sarah Harvey explains how she used the technique to overcome insomnia.
& # 39; I think [it] helps me if it is 3 hours & # 39; night and my thoughts are racing with our thoughts, & she says.
The moon's three-step breathing method
- Find a position that is most comfortable for you.
- Block your right nostril with your right finger.
- Take only a few minutes of deep breath from the left nostril
It comes after one recent statistics showed that 31 percent of Britons have difficulty sleeping, with the NHS distributing 87,990 sleeping tablets this year.
Another method, called alternative breathing, can also help with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, Sarah explains, by alternating the nostrils you breathe.
& # 39; This becomes & # 39; Called Nadi Shodhana & or alternative nostril breathing and is a very simple way to quickly calm the mind and calm your emotions, so it is a useful exercise to hold up your sleeves during moments of anxiety or stress , & # 39; she says.
Moon breathing can help fight insomnia by calming the nervous system. Another technique that & # 39; alternative breathing & # 39; can help to cope with anxiety attacks. Woman meditating, stock image
& # 39; It really helps to focus the mind and press the reset button on your nervous system, & # 39; she adds.
As one of the most important components of yoga and meditation, breathing has a proven effect on the nervous system.
It was also proven that different breathing techniques had different effects on the body and nervous system.
A 1994 study by for the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology discovered that alternating breathing between the two nostrils could alter human metabolism.
It showed that men who only breathed through their left nostrils, 27 breath cycles 27 times a day, were more relaxed because their sympathetic nervous system activity, which is responsible for the stress response, was reduced.
The Kaizen method, which Sarah talks about in her book, is the Japanese who constantly improve through small daily changes in your habits.
Kaizen: The Japanese Method for Transforming Habits, One Small Step at Time, by Sarah Harvey, published by Blue Bird, is for sale.
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