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Breathing exercises to help you sleep

For Sunrise's "Sleep Week," Sven will be trying the age old practice.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- Forget counting sheep - getting to bed can be as easy taking a few breaths!

"Breathwork and sleep, this ancient technology, this goes back thousands and thousands of years,” explained Guy Odishaw, founder of the Bhatki Wellness Center.

For Sunrise's "Sleep Week," Sven will be trying the age old practice.

The science behind the breath is simple: by taking intentioned inhales and exhales you are relaxing your mind and central nervous system. The best part, it’s free and easy!

“It can be as simple as doubling the length of your exhale, so you if you were going to inhale 4 seconds you would exhale for 8 seconds," Odishaw said. "The amount of time that your inhaling and exhaling matters less than the proportion.”

As a good rule of thumb, make your exhale twice as long as your inhale. So, next time you find yourself tossing and turning try taking a few deep breaths.

“There’s no side effects, there’s no hangover, you just go to sleep,” Odishaw said.