World Breathing Day: Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep

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World Breathing Day: Tips & Tricks for Better Sleep

We often take breathing for granted, but it plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being, especially when it comes to sleep quality. When we're stressed or anxious, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid, making it difficult to drift off to sleep. Conversely, focusing on deep, controlled breaths can trigger a relaxation response in the body, lulling us into a restful slumber.

This World Breathing Day, let's explore how simple breathing techniques can become powerful tools for a better night's sleep.

Deep Breathing Techniques:      

Our first stop is diaphragmatic breathing, also known as belly breathing. This technique encourages us to use our diaphragm, a dome-shaped muscle below the lungs, for deeper breaths. Here's how:

  • Lie comfortably on your back with a pillow under your knees.
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.
  • Inhale slowly through your nose, feeling your belly rise with the breath. Your chest should remain relatively still.
  • Exhale slowly through pursed lips, feeling your stomach sink back down.
  • Repeat for several minutes, focusing on the calming rhythm of your breath.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation:      

Taking deep breaths becomes even more effective when combined with progressive muscle relaxation. This technique involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body, releasing tension and promoting overall calmness.

  • Start by lying down comfortably.
  • Focus on your breath and take a few deep diaphragmatic breaths.
  • Tense the muscles in your toes for a few seconds, then release completely.
  • Continue working your way up your body, tensing and releasing muscle groups in your legs, buttocks, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms, face, and head.
  • As you release each muscle group, focus on the feeling of relaxation spreading throughout your body.

Sleep Environment:      

Beyond breathing exercises, optimizing your sleep environment can further improve your breathing at night. Here are some tips:

  • Ensure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet.
  • Invest in an air purifier to remove allergens and irritants that can disrupt breathing.
  • If you suffer from allergies, consider using a saline nasal spray before bed to clear congestion.


World Breathing Day is a perfect reminder to appreciate the power of this simple act. By incorporating deep breathing techniques and creating a sleep-friendly environment, you can unlock a world of better sleep. So, take a deep breath, relax those muscles, and drift off to a night of restful slumber!

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