Good night, and sleep tight!
While there are those of you out there who could fall asleep the moment you shut your eyes, there are also some poor souls out there who would toss and turn in bed for a couple of hours before eventually falling asleep.
Don't worry, sleepless people; we know how that feels. Sometimes, it's just hard to turn off your brain.
In fact, according to this infographic, nine out of ten Malaysians suffer from some sort of sleep problems
, and 66 per cent face sleepless nights at least once a week.
If you're one of those people who have trouble falling asleep at night, there's hope for you.
A secret military technique that is said to help normal people like you and us fall asleep in two minutes
has just been revealed.
Yep, you read that right: two minutes!
This technique was first revealed in the 1981 book titled 'Relax and Win: Championship Performance', which supposedly helps readers "improve sports performance and reduce injuries by learning to relax and release tensions prior to competition".
The technique recently became popular after UK website JOE
published it online.
So, what is this technique?
OK, they did not give this technique a name, but we're just gonna call it 'Sleep Fast & Furious'.
According to legends, this technique was supposedly developed by army chiefs to help soldiers and pilots get some shut eye in less than peaceful conditions, like in a battlefield, for example.
Giving soldiers and pilots enough rest would ensure that they can perform optimally on the field with minimal errors.
And apparently, this technique yields a 96 per cent success rate
after just six weeks of practice!
How do you do it?
This method is essentially broken down into two steps, JOE wrote: one, you have to release all the tension in your body and two, blank your mind.
The entire process takes up to a minute and a half (this doesn't include in the two minutes it takes to fall asleep).
Here's what you need to do:
- Step 1: Relax the muscles in your face, including tongue, jaw and the muscles around the eyes
- Step 2: Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go. Then, relax your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other
- Step 3: Breathe out, and relax your chest, followed by your legs, starting from your thigh and then your calves
- Step 4: Spend about ten seconds to clear your mind before thinking about one of the following three mental images:
- Snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake, nothing but blue sky above you.
- Saying “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds
Before you know it, you would be fast asleep.
However, as mentioned above, it takes up to six weeks of practice, so if you still can't fall asleep tonight, you just need to try and try again.
If you're going to test this technique out, let us know how it goes.