4-7-8 method to fall asleep in 60 seconds There are a myriad of products to help you fall asleep these days, from weighted eye masks to pre-bed powder supplements, and even a choice of sleep podcasts to lull you into the land of nod. But the answer may be a lot simpler than you think. Yes, it involves counting but it doesn’t have anything to do with sheep. Fans of the 4-7-8 method claim it works in less than a minute. It’s as easy as settling in for the night and altering the way you breathe. Inhale through your nose for a count of four, hold that breath for seven seconds and take another eight seconds to slowly exhale from your mouth. Repeat until you enter dreamland.