As we head into the weekend, you’re probably looking forward to sleeping in. Even more so if you have trouble sleeping during the week.
If you’re someone who wishes you could fall asleep at the drop of a hat, there’s a trick that members of the military use to fall asleep in just two minutes!
Usually, it’s meant for airplanes or long car rides, but it can certainly be used while lying in bed. The trick is to relax your muscles one at a time.
The first step is to relax. Take slow, deep breaths, and focus on relaxing the muscles in your face. Start at the forehead, then work down until the cheeks, mouth, and jaw go limp.
Then your upper body – shoulders, neck, then start with the dominant side of your body and go down your arm from your bicep to your fingers. Then work the other side.
Do the same with your lower body from your thighs, to calves, ankle and feet – one leg at a time.
The final step is to clear your mind for ten seconds – just like meditation, focus on breathing, and you’ll likely be asleep or a lot closer to it then when you started.
Image Credit: Ridofranz / iStock / Getty Images Plus