Excerpt of Bustle Article by Alice Broster
Are you sick of tossing and turning because you can’t sleep?
Sleepless nights may be a thing of the past once you know how to use this technique. Yes, there is a trick to falling asleep fast and it can help you to fall asleep in just two minutes. It’s so good, it has even got the seal of approval from the U.S. Army.
Originally published in 1981 in a book called Relax and Win: Championship Performance. This technique suggests some magical steps to relax your body then your mind that will leave you fast asleep in 120 seconds?
One: Relax the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw, and the muscles around your eyes.
Two: Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go. Then relax your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.
Three: Breathe out and relax your chest.
Four: Finally, relax your legs, first thighs and then calves.
After you have managed to get your body in a super relaxed state, you simply need to clear your mind. I know, easier said than done. However, the method has a couple of suggestions of what you might want to think about, including imagining yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake, nothing but blue sky above you. Another is picturing yourself snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room. And if neither of those work for you, apparently saying “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for 10 seconds will send you on your way to sleep.
The U.S. military has had a 96 percent success rate after practising for six weeks. Surely it is worth giving it a go. It does require practice like any other skill, so do this same routine every night for at least six weeks.
If it works you’ll reap the benefits health wise from getting the right amount of sleep.