Sleep is something we need daily in order to function, but it doesn’t come easily for everyone. If you have experienced insomnia, you will be familiar with the annoying sensation of lying awake, begging sleep to take over. Some people, like army personnel, do not have that kind of time on their hands, and so need methods to reach slumber quickly. There is a technique used in the military that can help you reach dreamland in two minutes.
It all begins with getting into a comfortable position. You want to direct your attention to your breath. Focus on your breathing while slowly relaxing your entire body.
Start with your forehead and facial features. Release all tension, especially if you tend to clench your jaw or grind your teeth. Work your way down your body, making sure your arms are loose at the sides.
Imagine a warmth slowly traveling from the top of your head all the way through to your fingertips.
Take another deep breath, this time focusing on your chest, and continuing to your stomach, thighs, legs, and feet. Allow the warm sensation to reach the tips of your toes.
It is crucial that your mind feels relaxed. If thoughts pop up, repeat the phrase “don’t think” to yourself for 10 seconds. Imagine yourself in a calm setting, lying in a canoe on the water or in a cozy hammock.