Can You Fall Asleep In Just One Minute?

Having a good night’s sleep helps to regulate your blood pressure, but sleeplessness affects many people.

One survey found that more than 50% suffer from insomnia and most blame stress. Stress switches on your body’s fight or flight response so your muscles tense, heart rate rises, blood pressure increases and your breathing quickens in anticipation of action.

While this may be useful at times during the day, it’s counter-productive when trying to get to sleep. A simple exercise known as the 4-7-8 breath technique can switch off the stress response and help you drift off more quickly. It works on the principle that breathing influences physiology and thought processes, including moods. Done at least twice a day, the results improve with practice.

Simply breathe in for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds and exhale completely to a count of eight. Repeat up to four times. Some users have reported being able to get to sleep within a minute using the technique.

Stress is serious

A heavy workload and tight deadlines aren’t the only causes of stress…

Office politics, competitiveness, back-biting and difficult co-workers can all contribute. It’s a serious problem because workplace stress can result in a whole range of health issues, such as increased blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. And, of course, stress also takes its toll on the performance of the business.

Stressed-out employees simply aren’t as productive as those that are chilled-out.

And solution? That’s to ask for help

What can you do if you think you’re suffering from stress? Quite a lot. In the first instance, experts agree that’s it’s vital to ask for help – whether that’s extra resources, more time or whatever you need to get the job completed to the standard expected.

Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re not good at your job. On the contrary, it says that you are proactively reacting to the demands of the job to find a solution that works. It shows you use initiative instead of covering up problems. As a result, company targets are met and employees are protected from stress related illness.