At least one-third of all Americans don’t get enough sleep, according to the CDC.
Making sure you have the time for a full night’s rest (experts recommend at least 7 hours) plays a huge role in how alert you are during waking hours — but so does falling asleep in the first place.
If you’re someone who feels like you’re always rolling around in bed, letting your mind race while you struggle to nod off, then this short, simple hack is worth a shot.
The method, which is reportedly used by the U.S. military, was proven in one study to help 96 percent of flight pilots fall asleep within just two minutes, according to Business Insider. Here’s how it works:
The military sleep hack: A step-by-step guide
1. Relax: Starting with the muscles in your face, slowly let yourself relax. Then, move down to the muscles in your arms, and finally your legs.
2. Breathe: Making sure your shoulders and hands are also relaxed, take some deep breaths. Don’t forget to breathe out slowly!
3. Clear your mind: Try to let your mind go blank. A tip for this is to picture yourself in a peaceful, serene setting — such as laying in a meadow or sitting by a gentle ocean breeze.
If done right, this technique can help you get to sleep faster — but you have to practice! It might not work the first time around, but it’s worth giving a few tries if you have trouble getting to bed.
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