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Headline: UNCAPTIONED: Breathing techniques for better sleep

Caption: Breathing techniques for better sleep. Elisabeth Clare, founder and director of MBST UK, has shared three ways focusing on the breath can help you on your way to a better snooze. Military technique. This technique refers to a method used by U.S. Army soldiers to fall asleep in different conditions, such as battlefields. It promises sleep in under two minutes. The so-called military technique involves calming the body and systematically focusing on relaxing and shutting down each part of your body from head to toe. The method is designed to be 'practised' nightly and then sleep should come easier each time, thanks to the meditation style breathing and mindfulness. Learn 4-7-8 breathing. Developed by Dr Andrew Weil, a Harvard-trained medical doctor with a focus on holistic health, this method draws on some of the de-stressing elements of meditation, or the Pranayama, an ancient Indian practice which focuses on regulating the breath. Inhale through your nose for four seconds, hold your breath for seven seconds, and then exhale through your mouth making a whooshing noise for eight seconds. This is classed as one cycle. Continue to do this for 30 cycles - if you can get that far before nodding off!” Guided meditation. Believe it or not, modern technology can also be useful in promoting sleep - with a number of apps and YouTube channels offering guided meditations inspired by yoga nidra or yogic sleep. FOR USE IN ENTIRETY ONLY

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