Alternative Nostril Breathing

Topics: Sleep, Nervous system, Sleep disorder Pages: 2 (729 words) Published: October 16, 2012
Alternate Nostril Breathing: Yes or No?
Orrin Warner
PSY101 General Psychology
Argosy University

I was very excited in the beginning to do this assignment because of my illness I deal with insomnia issues. I have taken medications for this problem and they were not very effective and the ones that were had so many side effects that I was afraid to take them. So the idea of a natural sleep aid seemed like the idea method of dealing with my sleep problems. During the first three nights of the sleep study I went to sleep around 11:05 p.m. This time was averaged out from an 11:00 p.m. time on the first day, on the second day I went to sleep at 11:15 p.m. On day three I went to sleep at 11:00 p.m. It took a mean of 18 minutes for me to go to sleep during this three day period before trying the alternate nostril breathing routine. After trying the alternate nostril breathing routine the average time recorded was thirty three minutes. Even though the exercises seem to calm me down from the events of the day, it took me longer to fall asleep. My average waking times was also recorded during this study. I usually wake up around 7:00 a.m. every morning. I get up to help my wife prepare for work and get my son and daughter ready for school. Since this is the summer vacation for the kids, it is not necessary for me to wake up at 7:00 a.m. every morning. However my average wake up time during this three day period was 7:05 a.m. The average wake up time after the alternate nostril breathing routine was 7:00 a.m. The study measured the rate of restfulness during sleep on a scale of 1 to 10. Ten being fully rested and one meaning not rested at all. My scores reflected that I was less rested after doing the routine than I was the three days prior when I had not done the alternate nostril breathing routine. The first three days of the study my rate of restfulness was a 4.3. After trying the breathing routine the average rate of restfulness was 3.3. The mean of sleep time...
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