Getting a good night’s sleep can be elusive for many. A stressful day or a noisy environment can easily keep you awake.
Reason enough for the US military to train their soldiers to fall asleep more easily.
They reported that 96% of the people they trained over 6 weeks could consistently fall asleep within 5 minutes using these techniques.
Here’s how to do it:
- Think about any tension in your head and face. Concentrate on relaxing your jaw, tongue and eyes, and finally neck.
- One by one, release the tension in your shoulder, arm and hand on each arm. Stretch each side down and then release.
- Breathe in fully, then slowly breath out and feel your chest relax.
- Stretch out your legs and then release, considering your thigh, legs, ankles and feet.
- Clear your mind with visualisation. Imagine yourself in a serene comfortable environment, like a quiet seaside grove, or snug hammock. If you can’t clear your thoughts repeat ‘do not think’ in your head for 10 seconds.
By practicing these techniques you can rapidly increase your relaxation and readiness for sleep. Faster sleep means more sleep, which is always a good thing.
Sleep has a huge benefit on your physical and mental body. You can read more about sleep (and how important it is) in Dr Matthew Walker’s book ‘Why We Sleep‘
Thanks for reading!