Asleep In 60 Seconds: 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

Publish Date
Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 3:04PM

You've tried a warm bath, a hot milky drink and even counting sheep, but you're still lying wide awake wondering why you can't fall asleep.

Now, one scientist claims he has a way of getting insomniacs to slip into a slumber in just 60 seconds – and it doesn't involve prescription drugs or strange lighting.

Dubbed the 4-7-8 breathing technique, the method is described as a 'natural tranquiliser for the nervous system' helping to reduce tension in the body.

Using statistics from Sleep Cycle app users, researchers have discovered that the earliest wake-up time worldwide is on a Monday in South Africa.

MONDAY: The world wakes up earliest on Mondays with South Africa rising first at 6:09 am

TUESDAY: Americans rise early at 7am and are consequently in the worst mood all week. Other countries that also wake-up grumpy on Tuesdays include Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa and Brazil.

WEDNESDAY: 58% of countries surveyed - including the US - experience sleep best on Wednesdays, with China recording the highest sleep quality in the world that night.

THURSDAY: Middle East users sleep longer on Thursdays than any other day, and Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and UAE also report the best mood on Thursdays.

FRIDAY: Americans sleep latest on Fridays, not rising until 8:24am. They also report the best wake-up mood. People in Costa Rica, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden also wake up the happiest on Friday. However, the majority of the world (71 per cent), wake up in the best mood on Saturdays.

SATURDAY: Nearly 90% of countries surveyed sleep more and wake up later on Saturday compared to any other day of the week.

SUNDAY: The majority of the world (66% of countries) spends the least amount of time in bed on Sundays. Topping the list is South Korea where users only sleep 5 hours and 53 minutes on Sunday nights.

- Dailymail