So the U.S military has a battlefield proof method to help soldiers get to sleep that has now become public knowledge. The idea was written about in the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance and is said to have a 96 percent success rate of helping people to nod off. Apparently the U.S military learned they had a major issue with pilots, who after a flight couldn’t relax enough to fall asleep, so here’s the method they came up with that will apparently help anyone fall asleep.
Step One: Relax your facial muscles. That includes your jaw, tongue, and the muscles around your eyes.
Step Two: Quit hunching those shoulders! Drop them as low as possible before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, then the other.
Step Three: Breathe out and relax your chest. Then, relax your legs, starting with the thighs and then your lower legs.
Step Four: After ten seconds of deep relaxation, completely clear your mind.
For this final step, the book’s author Lloyd Bud Winter suggests picturing one of these three images to help you hit slumber town.
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you
- Being snuggled up 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