We saw him on goop and loved him. Now he’s got something special just for you, SWIISH tribe…
Coming to you all the way from the UK, we asked breath expert, Stuart Sandeman to take us through a sleep-supporting breathing method – more akin to miracle work.
Teaching you to harness the power of breathing for better health and wellbeing, Stuart explains the importance (and all-too underrated) benefits of breathwork for sleep.
“A good nights sleep, as we are aware of, is vital productivity, our headspace, energy levels, immunity, athletic performance, and even weight management. The list goes on and on.” Stuart says. “But we don’t often think about the link between how we’re breathing and how we’re sleeping.”
Our brain autogenerates patterns of breath depending on the information it receives from the environment, our senses, and our thoughts.
“The brain does not know the difference between a threat external from us, and a threat fabricated from thought alone. It triggers the same stress for a ‘fight or flight’ breathing response; short and shallow. ”
“In the case of sleep, if you’ve had a stressful breathing pattern due to the demands of your day then it’s most likely you’re stuck in that fight or flight breathing response when your head hits the pillow.”
Stuart explains that this provokes the brain to think it’s in danger (the same kind of danger as if a tiger were chasing you!), and as a result, loses the desire to sleep. The follow-on effect here is that your entire sleep-wake cycle is disrupted. Sleep hormones that should be released are instead replaced with cortisol and adrenaline (your stress hormones) reducing your ability to enter a deep slumber.
“It’s important that we override this with a bit of prep before we go to sleep so we can tell our brain and our body that everything is cool, super-relaxed, calm and ready to sleep.”
So, how can you do this? Through this fool-proof 1-minute breathwork routine…
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Breathpod provides breathwork sessions in all environments (1:1, online, corporate and events) teaching you to utilise the breath for your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. You can catch Stuart for a daily free breathwork Instagram live on @breathpod at 5pm AEST. For more, connect with Breathpod below.