If you’ve ever suffered a bout of insomnia you know well that it’s something you wouldn’t wish to your worst enemy. Naturally, the internet is chock-full of solutions that promise quick relief from sleepless nights of tossing and turning.
One of the newly-trending insomnia hacks that has been going viral comes from the US military. It was once a secret technique employed in tricky war situations to make sure that combatants didn’t lose their agility in battle. Luckily, it’s not top secret anymore, and we're guessing that if it’s good enough for nerve-racked soldiers in the battlefield, it might be worth giving it a try at home.
The technique, which was originally revealed in a 1981 book called Relax and Win, promises to make you fall asleep in less than two minutes. Is this humanly possible? US army chiefs think it is. This is shorter than traditional insomnia remedies such as sleep teas, but also shorter than hardcore insomnia prescriptions like benzos (which we don’t recommend, by the way). So let’s go through all the stages.
First off you need to lie down and relax the muscles of your face, including your tongue, eye muscles, and jaw. Your shoulder should follow, drop them as far down as possible. As you breathe out, you then relax the whole body, letting go of all tensions from top to bottom.
So far it sounds just like any meditation session but wait, it gets more interesting.
After taking 10 seconds to clear your mind from all thoughts, you need to visualize one of the following three scenarios:
In the first scenario, you are lying on a canoe on a calm lake staring at a clear blue sky. In scenario two, you’re lying in a pitch black hammock in a dark room. And in scenario number three, you just say “don’t think, don’t think” to yourself for about ten seconds.
The technique promises to unleash an extraordinary effect on the nervous system, but as with all things natural, it’s not a “miracle” solution by any means. You must practice for about six weeks before it really starts working.
But hang in there, after six weeks of practice, the technique reportedly works for 96 percent of people according to the Independent.