The technique was called “mind-blowing” by Justin Agustin, who posted the hack on the video-sharing platform as he demonstrated how it’s done and explained his research. Watch above.
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“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,” Justin explained in the video.
“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100 per cent of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep.”
Justin says that to begin, take a few deep breaths and, from head to toe, consciously relax each part of your body.
“Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” Justin said.
“Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your shoulders.
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Justin says it’s crucial to ensure your shoulders aren’t “tensed up,” and says to drop them as low as possible while keeping your arms loose, by your side — including your hands and fingers.
As you do this, imagine a warmth going from your head to the tips of your fingers, and then going from your heart to your toes.
“Now, take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet,” he said.
He also emphasises that it’s important to clear your mind of any thoughts or stress, which you can do by thinking of two scenarios.
“One — you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you,” Justin said, before adding the second: “Two — you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.”
If you find yourself getting distracted, he said to repeat the words, “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” for 10 seconds.
“You’re supposed to practice every night for six weeks,” Justin concluded, saying that apparently, 96 per cent of people who master this technique are able to fall asleep within two minutes of closing their eyes.
TikTok users were quick to comment their thoughts on the technique’s effectiveness, with some claiming to have military ties.
“I’m a military brat and was taught this,” one user commented. “I also had a veteran as a psychology teacher in college who taught this. It definitely works.”
“My doctor taught me this technique with slight variations when I had insomnia due to PTSD,” another wrote. “Trust me it works 100 per cent once you get it down.”
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