How To Fall Asleep In Two Minutes -- Guaranteed
Destination: Land Of Nod. Passenger's name: You.
Find it hard to fall asleep? You're not alone. And you haven't been alone either if this recent rediscovery is anything to go by.
Website Joe.co.uk recently wrote about a book titled Relax and Win: Championship Performance, which was originally released in 1981, inside which readers are given advice on how to "improve sports performance and reduce injuries by learning to relax and release tensions prior to competition".
One of the methods the book uses teaches people how to fall asleep within 120 seconds -- which is a method used by the American military, with a success rate of 96% after six weeks of practice. The U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School developed the method so U.S. fighter pilots in World War II could sleep anywhere.
The method is essentially broken down into two different steps, the first of which is to completely blank your mind.
The book suggests you do the following in order to go blank:
Relax the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw, and the muscles around your eyes.
Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go. Then relax your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.
Breathe out, and relax your chest.
Relax your legs -- first thighs and then calves.
Once you've mastered that, it's almost time to try and fall asleep fast.
So what comes next? Apparently it's as simple as clearing your mind for 10 seconds. If you can't do that with ease, the author suggests you try one of these static images, holding it firm in your mind:
Lying in a canoe on a calm lake, nothing but blue sky above you.
Snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room.
If that doesn't work -- try saying “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds.
According to the website, and the book, when you’re physically relaxed and your mind is still for at least 10 seconds, you’ll be asleep. Simple, right?
See you on the flipside. Oh, and you snore.
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