Ever have issues falling asleep? The 4-7-8 method is a deep-breathing trick that can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in less than a minute. It also combats stress/anxiety, acting as a natural tranquillizer for your nervous system. It takes just over a minute and can be done anywhere.

The exercise can be done in any comfortable position. It may feel awkward, to begin with,​ but for the entire exercise place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth, just behind your front teeth.

Before you start, breathe out completely through your mouth.

1. Tap "start" to start the counter.
2. Breathe in quietly through your nose for 4 seconds.
3. Hold your breath for 7 seconds.
4. Making a whoosh sound, breathe out through your mouth for 8 seconds.
5. Repeat steps 2 to 4 for four "cycles".

Practice at least twice a day. Set reminders to get into a routine. To help fall asleep, practice when you get in bed or if you wake in the night. If you're feeling stressed or feel like you need to settle your nerves, practice to get a "hit" of calm.

You may feel a little light headed when you begin. It will pass as you practice. After a month you may want to extend to 8 cycles.

Effects are subtle to begin but increase with repetition. It takes about 2 months of practice to get the best results.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
269 Ratings

269 Ratings

Yubiac ,


So, I discovered this when I was having a really crappy day. I started googling stuff about how to be calm and help with stress and I found the 4-7-8 breathing method, I thought it was interesting so I gave it a try but let me tell you, this app is a huuuge help, counts for you, the voice is very soothing, I love it so so so much. I've only had it for 3 days but I already notice a difference! I do my breathing exercises 4 times a day and I feel so much relaxed after. 100% recommended!

Syl441 ,

Not complicated 👍🏼

This app is perfect for what I need it for, simple, and easy to use. My therapist recommended it. My only complaint is that the date in the app is wrong and there is no where in the settings to change it. I've emailed support twice and no response, other than that it works fine.

Mobomobile ,

Simple And Effective

We don’t get enough oxygen. Most of us have very shallow breathing. This app helps you get in the habit of getting more oxygen in your system. Very easy to follow, and very easy to form the habit. Get it now.


28.9 MB
Health & Fitness

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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In-App Purchases
  1. Unlock all $3.99
  2. 8 Cycles Per Session $0.99
  3. Night Mode $0.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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