Millions of people cannot sleep. While most people can adjust to short-term sleep deprivation, the longer the problem persists, the more problems it can cause. In fact, lack of sleep can cause a number of diseases as well as premature aging. Fortunately, some tricks can help people fall asleep even in conditions that are not conducive to sleep.
Fitness expert Justin Agustin recently took to TikTok to talk about a method the military has developed to help soldiers fall asleep in harsh conditions.
Agustin explained: “This technique was developed in the army so that soldiers could fall asleep at any time and in any place – even on the battlefield, when the situation is extremely uncomfortable and there is a lot of noise around.”
According to the Sleep Foundation, military personnel often have inconsistent schedules and suboptimal sleep conditions that affect their sleep patterns.
“The military method is a technique designed to help soldiers fall asleep in two minutes,” he adds.
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The multi-step process begins with assuming a comfortable position and relaxing every part of the face, including the eyelids, jaw, lips and eyebrows.
Let your arms rest at your sides, dropping your shoulders first while taking deep breaths to relax your chest.
You then want to start relaxing the lower half as you move from your hips down through each part of your left arm to your legs.
The last step involves visualization, and Agustin recommends thinking about two specific scenarios.
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He explained: “Firstly, you are lying in a canoe on a calm lake, and above you there is nothing but a clear blue sky. Two – you are lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.
“Any time you start thinking about something else or start to get distracted, repeat these words for 10 seconds: “Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think.”
A fitness expert recommends practicing every night for six weeks to see a real difference.
He added: “Apparently, 96 percent of people who have mastered this technique can actually fall asleep within two minutes of closing their eyes.”
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In 2012, in the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance, Lloyd Bud Winter explained that the sleep routine was developed by the Navy pre-flight school to help pilots fall asleep quickly.
Fighter pilots need more sleep because they need 100 percent of their reflexes and concentration, the book’s author explained.
Other ways to beat bad sleep
Severe conditions can chronically affect a person’s ability to fall asleep, but there are several ways to overcome these problems.
In fact, more than 50 percent of insomnia cases can be attributed to underlying psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, or grief.
Elevating your legs slightly during sleep can improve blood circulation, which is important for improving the quality of sleep.
Another method involves placing two fingers on the pulse point on the wrists and moving in a circular motion.
Masseur Michelle Britto told Fox 5: “There are different pressure points associated with different organ systems in the body that relax the body.
“So, the pressure points that are in the first place when you press them calm the feelings throughout the body.”