9. Box breathing
During box breathing, you want to focus intently on the oxygen you’re bringing in and pushing out:
Sit with your back straight, breathe in, and then try to push all the air out of your lungs as you exhale.
Inhale slowly through your nose and count to 4 in your head, filling your lungs with more air with each number.
Hold your breath and count to 4 in your head.
Slowly exhale through your mouth, focusing on getting all the oxygen out of your lungs.
Box breathing is a common technique during meditation, a very popular method of finding mental focus and relaxing. Meditation has a variety of known benefits for your overall health.
No matter which type of breathing exercise you prefer, the evidence is clear that breathing exercises can help you relax, sleep, and breathe more naturally and effectively. With so many varieties to choose from, you may just find yourself fast asleep before you know it.