Sleep like the Military
Falling asleep for some can be a difficult task. The reasons for this can be more than just an uncomfortable bed. The military have a top secret way of getting their troops to fall asleep in the most difficult of circumstances. Getting a good nights sleep is all about how you start your night. Starting your sleep with watching T.V will have a negative effect on how the rest of your night goes. If you struggle try camomile tea or a warm bath before bed. With no over night fixes to a deep sleep a well planned routine over a 6 week period could have you sleeping like a pro.
Here’s how to do it:
- Relax the muscles in your face, including tongue, jaw and the muscles around the eyes
- Drop your shoulders as far down as they’ll go, followed by your upper and lower arm, one side at a time
- Breathe out, relaxing your chest followed by your legs, starting from the thighs and working down.
- You should then spend 10 seconds trying to clear your mind before thinking about one of the three following images:
- You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you
- You’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
- You say “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” to yourself over and over for about 10 seconds.
The technique is said to work for 96% of people after 6 weeks of practice. But it’s not just in the army that lack of sleep can affect your performance – we’re all at greater risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and inability to focus generally when we’re sleep-deprived.