Why it works –The vagus nerve connects the brain to all major organ systems. It carries the “will I live or die” signal throughout the body, and in the field of psychology is most commonly responsible for the “fight/flight/freeze” survival response. Our vagus is working overload these days, so it could use a little refresh. I have found these techniques to help improve sleep, fall back to sleep easier, and feel more grounded. Hopefully this exercise will help you too.
With head in a straightforward, neutral position:
- Look to the right and hold eyes toward right until you naturally yawn or swallow.
- Look to the left and hold eyes toward the left until you naturally yawn or swallow.
- Tip: If you find your head wanting to turn with your eyes, clasp your hands behind your head at the base of the skull to stabilize.