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Mindfulness Practice – Breathing Exercise To Get Sleep
- Involves: Using your fingers to breath
- Time it takes: Approx. 1 minute and 24 seconds
- Audience: Busy colleagues who are having challenges get to sleep or returning to sleep
- Preparation: Practice reading the exercise once or twice through
- What people say about this exercise: Helped get to sleep or return to sleep. Found it relaxing.
This is a mindfulness yoga breathing practice, which promotes relaxation and can help you with getting to sleep and returning to sleep.
- If it feels ok to do so, please close your eyes.
- To begin take one deep breath in and out.
- Take your dominant hand and point your thumb and index finger
- Place your thumb on your nostril letting no air in or out
- Then through the other open nostril breath in for a count of 6
- Then place your index finger on the other nostril to block both nostrils and hold your breath for 6
- Keeping your index finger on one nostril, release your thumb to breath out for 6
- Placing your thumb back on the nostril hold for 6
- Repeat this 3 times.
Rebecca Corr, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org