Falling asleep for some is the most natural thing in the world. For others, unfortunately, it's not that easy. Instead of visiting dreamland, you might be tossing, turning, or restlessly counting sheep. Anxiety and stress can adversely affect a good night's sleep. Individuals who experience trouble getting quality Z's are usually willing to try just about anything. Well, we have a military sleep hack that has gone viral on TikTok for very good reason. Read on to find out why this sleep trick is making waves, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.
How to prep yourself for a restful night's sleep
Sleep Foundation lists several key factors that can help you peacefully snooze into dreamland. They include a calm and quiet environment, a mattress and pillow that feel good, quality sheets and blankets, essential oils such as lavender, and setting your room at just the right temperature. The National Institute of Aging also notes sticking to a regular sleep schedule is important, in addition to avoiding big meals before going to sleep, establishing a relaxing nighttime routine, and keeping the lighting low in the evening.
This military sleep hack on TikTok will help you fall asleep in mere minutes
Well, we have a new, exciting method for you to try that, for the most part, includes some steps that are somewhat similar to the above. This current trend for getting some quality shuteye when you crawl into bed is the newest rage on TikTok, and we have TikToker Justin Agustin to thank for spreading the news about the hack. His video has received almost 6 million views on the social media platform. Agustin dubs the technique "mind-blowing," and we'd have to agree.
If you're not the best at getting to sleep, you may be able to fall asleep in as little as 2 minutes. Yes—you heard that right. That's why TikTokers are doing this particular military technique, and they claim it's actually pretty simple to do, so it's definitely worth a shot!
Here's how it works
Agustin notes, "This technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place, even on the battlefield, when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there's a lot of noise happening, sleep for a soldier is crucial."
The technique begins by laying flat and shutting your body down, starting from the top of your head and moving down to your toes. Begin by relaxing your forehead muscles, then move to your eyes. Move on to your cheeks, then your jaw. Paying attention to your breathing is key. Next, continue moving down to your shoulders and then chest muscles. Make sure each and every body part seems pretty much out for the night, as best you can. Agustin instructs viewers to "imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes."
As you clear every thought from your mind and eliminate any stress, picture these two scenarios: "1. You're lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. 2. You're lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room."
If any other thought enters your mind besides the above two pictures, repeat the following over and over for 10 seconds: "don't think, don't think, don't think."
Apparently, you should practice this sleep hack on a nightly basis for 6 weeks. By doing this, you're well on your way to falling asleep within 2 minutes.
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