Army National Guard soldiers catch a few minutes of sleep on board C-17 Globemaster tail number 6063 en route to Fort Hunter Liggett in central California June 6, 2015. The mission was part of the 349th Air Mobility Wing's Air Force Specialty Code Training Weekend providing reservists with hands-on, realistic training that helps to hone their skills. This AFSC Training Weekend centered around the wing's ability to respond to a major earthquake in northern California, while working in concert with other branches of the military, federal and state agencies to provide relief and support where needed. (U.S. Air Force Photograph by Heide Couch/Released)

Soldiers use this trick to fall asleep within 2 minutes

This simple method can help you fall asleep quickly
Lying, tossing and turning around in bed is annoying. That is why we are always looking for new ways to get to the dreamland as quickly as possible. Soldiers use this trick to fall asleep in two minutes.

U.S. military
This trick has been known in the US Army for years and works for 96% of soldiers. So it is definitely worth a try, although mastering it may take some time.

Body examination
The first part of this method is to perform a body scan. You will relax all the muscles in your body one by one.

1- First, relax your facial muscles: your forehead, around your eyes, your jaw, and your tongue. After that, release your shoulders and let the muscles relax.
2- Draw your attention to your right arm, and relax the muscles in your upper arm, lower arm, and hand. Repeat with your left arm.
3- Breathe deeply and let your chest relax.
4- Now relax your leg muscles. Go from top to bottom; First relax your thighs, then your knees, legs, and finally your feet.

Part two
Now that you have relaxed all of your muscles, it’s time for the show, or rather visualization. Close your eyes and imagine one of the following situations. Choose what suits you the most:

1- You’re lying on a black hammock in a dark room.
2- You are lying on your back in a canoe, floating on the water. The water is calm and the sky above you is bright blue. There is no cloud to be seen.
3- For ten seconds, repeat the words “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” in your head.

Six weeks
If this doesn’t work right away, don’t give up. It can take up to six weeks to master this trick and it’ll get progressively easier. So keep going! You can also experiment with other calming visualizations. Pretend you’re in a green meadow on a sunny day, or on a quiet beach while the waves softly meet the land. Goodnight!


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