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Have Trouble Falling Asleep? Doctor Claims This Trick Can Help You Nod Off in 60 Seconds

"...utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere."

A breathing trick can induce sleep in as little as 60 seconds, according to sleep expert Dr. Andrew Weil.

The technique, called the "4-7-8" method, was inspired by yoga and supposedly works by promoting a state of calm within the body and slowing the heart rate down.

A video posted online shows Weil demonstrate the technique.

"The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere," the doctor wrote in the video description.

Here are Weil's written instructions:

1) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.

2) Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

3) Hold your breath for a count of seven.

4) Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

5) This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

The technique was widely circulated online Wednesday, despite Weil having been trumping it for years.

Featured image via Shutterstock.

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