People in the military need to sleep properly as they need to be well-rested to defend their country. The US military has even developed a trick for soldiers to fall asleep in under 2 minutes.
Whether it be the Army, Navy, or Air force, people in the military only get a few hours of sleep each night. Therefore they must spend all that time sleeping.
The US military’s trick covers those who struggle to sleep to ensure a good night’s sleep for their soldiers. Even civilians can benefit from this knowledge.
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The trick has been tested in extreme situations, so it works even if one is trying to sleep in a noisy or stressful environment.
The first step is to get into a comfortable position, which could be lying down in a bed or even sitting in a chair. Choose a position that suits you perfectly.
Secondly, one needs to close one’s eyes and focus on breathing steadily with all the facial muscles relaxed. It is also important to drop one’s shoulders and let the rest of the limbs relax.
Thirdly, you need to clear your mind of any thoughts until it is completely blank. As each new thought enters, clear it from the mind. This sequence should ensure sound sleep.
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OTHER METHODS FOR REST
Besides the US military trick, there are other techniques to achieve a good night’s sleep. Rooms with lower temperatures are easier to fall asleep in than warm rooms.
Also, it is always best to disconnect from mobile devices, and other screens as these make your brain remain in daytime or work mode.
Another way to fall asleep faster is to make sure that you have had your dinner at least three hours before you are ready to sleep. This also means sticking to drinking coffee only in the mornings or at least ten hours before bedtime.
Many people also swear by meditating before bed and sticking to a routine to help one fall asleep faster and have fewer sleepless nights.
If meditation does not work for you, then you should consider having a steady routine. This means going to bed at a particular time every night. With time, your body will adapt to this routine.
Stay away from alcohol if you want to sleep like a baby. For some people, it may look like alcohol puts them to bed faster, but in the long run, it will end up disrupting your sleep pattern.
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Another sure method to get your body to relax and sleep is by doing exercises. Exercising boosts serotonin (the happy hormone) in the brain and decreases cortisol levels (the stress hormone). This hormonal boost can help you sleep longer and deeper.
Lastly, two of the most important ingredients for a good night’s sleep are a healthy diet and no naps during the day. Taking a nap during the day can reduce tiredness at night.