How to Cure Insomnia

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How It Works

This is the easiest tip and astounded me when it cured a month long bout of insomnia. Someone I know who has terrible sleep issues, learned this technique from a therapist and then shared it with me.

Take 10 long, slow deep breaths. Count each breath. Inhale, count "1", then exhale. Do this till you get to ten. Just keep inhaling and exhaling, slowly. Really fill your lungs. THEN, when you get to ten, start over. Go back to number one. If your mind wanders during the counting of the breaths, do not just continue with the count. Go back to number one. Sometimes, you do not realize and you miss ten and keep going. When you realize you went beyond ten, just go back to one and begin again. Before you know it, you are asleep.

Also, and this is critical, when you wake up in the middle of the night or you are tossing and turning to fall asleep, DO NOT look at the clock. Resist all temptation to check the time. This only heightens anxiety. Just go back to the breath. Do this exercise enough times and your mind and body will go on autopilot and you will automatically start counting the long, slow deep breaths when you awake or as you are falling asleep.


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Story

I went through a terrible time with my sleep thanks to peri-menopause. I had heard stories from friends about hot flashes and sleepless nights, but I naively assumed that would not happen to me. I was not prepared for what felt like torture. I had some nights where I maybe slept a total of two hours. My sleep was so compromised that I started to have sleep anxiety. I tried every non- pharma sleep aid from Melatonin, CBD, CBD with THC, Quietude, Gaba, Magnesium, Chinese Herbs, Accupuncture, cherry juice, etc and sadly, there were a few nights I had to take a Xanax. I was just that desperate for sleep. Then, everything changed when I started using this breathing exercise and stopped watching the clock.

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