Fall Asleep In Just Two Minutes Using This Military Technique

Sep 18 | 430 sharesMichelle Hambiliki

It's one of the biggest paradoxes that exists amongst humans: we are constantly putting off sleep when the truth is we actually can't get enough of it. We avoid going to sleep by browsing the web or using our phones, but at the same time, we hate being woken up in the morning and would do anything to get just a few extra minutes in bed, including hitting the snooze button for the fifth or sixth time.

It goes without saying, but it's extremely important for our health, productivity, and overall happiness that we get enough sleep every night. According to the experts, the average person needs about eight hours of sleep each night to leave them feeling refreshed and energized enough to deal with the day ahead.

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The thing is, falling asleep and staying asleep can seem impossible at times. Sometimes, even when you're dead tired, you just can't seem to drift off. Your brain just doesn't seem to want to give you a break. In fact, in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports with over 4,000 participants, it was discovered that 27 percent of people have difficulties falling or staying asleep almost every night.

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Not everyone has this problem though. In fact, some people fall asleep too easily. Learn more about one 15-year-old girl who suffers from Sleeping Beauty Syndrome and can even sleep for days:

You'll be glad to hear if you like your sleep that being unable to doze off without tossing and turning for hours could very easily become a thing of the past. And how is that? Well, apparently, there's this secret US military technique that will help you get the shut-eye you've been craving in just two minutes. Yep, you heard correct - you could be falling asleep in just two damn minutes using one very simple method.

The method in question features in a book, published in 1981, called Relax and Win: Championship Performance. The book aims to help its readers "improve sports performance and reduce injuries by learning to relax and release tensions prior to competition."

Check out this adorable video of kids sleeping in the weirdest places:

The technique was actually initially intended for the use of soldiers and pilots as a way of ensuring they got enough rest for optimal performance and minimal errors. According to research, the method has a 96 percent success rate following six weeks of consistent practice.

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So, without further ado, this is how to fall asleep in two minutes:

1. Start by relaxing the muscles in your face, focusing on your jaw, tongue and the muscles around your eyes

2. Then try to drop your shoulders as low as possible while relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then on the other

3. Afterward, exhale and keep your chest relaxed

4. And finally, relax your thighs and then your calves

By the way, this is what happens to your body when you don't get enough sleep:

When you've done all this, take a few seconds to just clear your mind. Lloyd Bud Winter, the author of the book, suggests you envision one of these three mental images:

1. Laying down in a canoe on a peaceful lake with a clear blue sky above you

2. Laying down in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room feeling nothing but sheer comfort.

3. Repeating the words, “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds.

Essentially you just have to relax everything, including your face, arms, legs. Then try to keep your mind as clear as possible.

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But as mentioned earlier, it can take up to six weeks to perfect the technique, and even then the rate of success isn't quite 100%. If you happen to be in the 4% of people that cannot fall asleep using this method, you may want to try these alternative techniques;

Sleeping naked:

When you sleep in the nude, you're relieving yourself of a potential barrier to falling asleep. This is because too much fabric covering your body can be restrictive, which in turn makes it difficult to drift off into a deep, deep sleep.

Plus by not wearing pajamas, or whatever it is you wear to bed, you are effectively keeping your body temperature cooler than it would have been otherwise. And that's crucial for both falling and remaining in a deep slumber.

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In order to physically be able to fall asleep, your body has to cool down by about five degrees Fahrenheit and remain at that temperature.

“If anything prevents that decline in temperature, the brain will wake itself up to see what’s going on, meaning you’ll struggle to get to sleep or you’ll have disturbed sleep,” one research paper on sleep regulation reads.

Using a fan for your bed:

While we're on the subject of keeping cool at night: if your room is warm and your duvet is thick, you could potentially break into a sweat which won't exactly help when it comes to falling asleep quickly. But you can fix this by investing in a good old fan for your bed.

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Having sex before you go to sleep:

According to a recent study headed by Australian sleep researcher Dr. Michele Lastella, the secret to falling asleep ASAP, is by engaging in our deepest carnal desires, in other words by having sex.

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“What we found was 64 percent of our respondents indicated they slept better when sex was with a partner and it involves an orgasm,” he told Adelaide Now. “When you’re engaging in sex, you’re not thinking about what to do the next day, you’re not going through your phones. It distracts you.”

Having sex at the end of the day can have the effect of clearing your mind, leaving you with a high dosage of happy hormones. So sleeping with someone will help you to get to sleep - period.

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Never underestimate what a good night's sleep can do for you. Nobody likes going about their day with no energy and falling asleep at their desk. So if you haven't already, give these methods a try as they could end up doing wonders for you and your sleeping pattern.