Struggling with sleep? It happens to the best of us. In fact last year, it was reported that 20 million Brits don’t get enough sleep – with those between the ages of 35 and 44 suffering the most.
Luckily, we’ve been introduced to a new military method that promises to solve all of your insomnia problems. And best of all? It’ll only take you two minutes.
According to various reports, an old military method developed by the US Army to ensure that its pilots were able to get enough rest, is the answer to falling asleep – even when it feels like your body is refusing to cooperate.
American author Lloyd Bud Winter first shared the tip in his 1981 book titled Relax and Win: Championship Performance, and it is said to be so effective that it’ll not only have you drifting off into sleep within two minutes, but has a 96% success rate after just six weeks of practice. So how exactly does it work?
First off, you start by relaxing the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw and the muscles around your eyes. With your eyes closed, take slow, deep breathes before dropping your shoulders as low as they’ll go and relaxing your upper and lower arms – one side after the other. Then, relax your chest followed by your legs, starting with your thighs and moving to your lower legs.
Once your entire body has been relaxed for 10 seconds, it’s time to clear your mind of all thoughts. According to Winter’s book, there are three ways this can be done – with the main method being visualisation. Firstly, he recommends picturing yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you or snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room. Alternatively, he suggests repeating the words ‘don’t think, don’t think, don’t think’ in your mind for ten seconds, and voila – there is your perfect remedy for sleep.