We’re guessing that at least a few of you may have had a few nights – if not countless ones – where sleep didn’t necessarily come easily.
Indeed, about one in four Americans has experienced a strong bout of insomnia at some point each year. The sleeping disorder leads to poor health, weakened immunity and daytime fatigue, among other problems.
However, self-proclaimed fitness expert and personal trainer Justin Agustin claims that he knows the secret to slipping into a good night’s rest within minutes.
Agustin recently shared the video on TikTok, captioning his video with the exciting title: “Technique to falling asleep in two minutes!”
The clip has since racked up several million views, around 300,000 likes and thousands of comments, with many verifying that the technique worked for them.
“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,” Agustin explained.
“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100 percent of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep,” he added.
“You simply have to start by ‘calming your body’ by shutting down and relaxing each part of your body, from ‘head to toe’.
“Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” Agustin continued.
“Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your shoulders.
“Make sure your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose by your side, including your hands and fingers.”
As you do this, you should ‘imagine this warm sensation going from your head to all the way down to your fingertips.
“Take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet,” he said.
“Again, imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes.”
Continuing, Agustin explained that the purpose was to “clear your mind of any stresses.”
“To do this, think of two scenarios: One – you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. Two – you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.
“At any time when you start thinking of anything else or you start getting distracted, repeat these words for 10 seconds: ‘Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think.’”
Agustin claims that one can perfect this technique by practicing it every night for no less than six weeks, saying: “Apparently, 96 percent of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes.”
A number of commenters vouched for the technique, with one claiming: “I’m a military brat and was taught this. I also had a veteran as a psychology teacher in college who taught this. it definitely works.”
Another said: “I didn’t know this was a military thing. A college prof told me about this. I fall asleep before I reach my feet.”
While a third commented: “We learned this at summer camp back in the late 70s. I love it.”
However, one commenter wryly noted: “Tik Tok don’t help either.”
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