Army’s sleeping technique that will get you to sleep in two minutes
It is said to have a 96% success rate after six weeks of practice and was reportedly developed to eliminate mistakes made by pilots because of tiredness. A survey in 2011 found that a third of people in the UK are severely sleep deprived and according to the NHS, adults should get between seven and nine hours a night.
Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to health problems including diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
So how does the technique work?
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 before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other. Breathe out, relax your chest and then, finally, relax your legs, starting with your thighs and moving to your lower legs. Once you’ve relaxed your body for ten seconds, you must attempt to clear your mind of all thoughts. There are three methods that may help with this – according to the book.
1. Picture yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you
2. Picture yourself snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
3. Repeat the words ‘don’t think, don’t think, don’t think’ in your mind for ten seconds