Credit to: The Secret Military Trick To Fall Asleep In Two Minutes BY: MATT SHEA
Need help getting to sleep at night? Statistics say at least some of you are, with between 50 and 70 million people in the United States reporting that they struggle with a sleep disorder.
But as hard as it is to get to sleep with your girlfriend talking in her sleep and the frat house next door running a year-long beer pong league, try being a soldier in the United States military. These men and women are often called upon to get some kip in pretty extreme environments.
The Military’s Unknown Method
Little wonder, then, they have a bunch of tricks up their sleeves that help them get to sleep in as little as two minutes. The secret method is detailed in the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance. While the book was first published way back in 1981, its ideas for a good night’s sleep gained traction online over the weekend following a post on Joe.co.uk.
Two minutes, huh? You might be dubious but the method supposedly has a 96 percent success rate after six weeks.
It’s essentially broken down into two parts. The first involves completely blanking your mind, using four steps:
- Relax the muscles in the face, including your tongue, jaw and muscles around your eyes.
- Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.
- Breathe out and relax your chest.
- Relax your legs — first your thighs and then your calves.
Next, you need to create a mental picture to help you get zen. Lloyd Bud Winter, the author of the book, suggests visualizing one of the following:
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake, with nothing but the blue sky above you.
- Snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room.
- Saying “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds (if this sounds like a strange option, it’s apparently regularly used in sleep meditation).
Once you start the visualization process, you should be asleep within 120 seconds (after six weeks’ practice, that is).
Keep in mind that Relax and Win: Championship Performance was written well before “screen time” became the number one enemy of rest time. But, again, we’re talking war zone techniques here.
Why It’s Important?
Of course, anything to get a better night’s sleep is worthwhile. A lack of sleep has been linked to an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, an increase in BMI, increased risk of diabetes and heart problems, and a decreased ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information.