Do you have trouble sleeping, especially when traveling on a plane? The U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School has a hack for that with a 120-second trick to falling asleep no matter where you are. That’s right, deep sleep in just two minutes, even if you’re stuck in a cramped airplane seat with no room to move.
If you’re like most of the human population, falling asleep on a plane isn’t just difficult—it’s nearing impossible. Lack of sleep doesn’t help with jet lag and staying alert. Luckily, we have the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School to help us out.
In 1981, the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School developed a technique for falling asleep anywhere, at any time, in just two minutes. After only six weeks of practicing the trick, My Modern Met reported, 96% of the school’s pilots were able to get some sleep wherever and whenever they were, all within 120 seconds.
It’s sort of like a meditation. Here’s how it works.
- Close your eyes and relax all your face muscles, including your mouth, cheeks, tongue, jaw, and eyes themselves. This tells your body you’re heading toward sleep.
- Drop your shoulders low, release the tension in your neck and let it go limp.
- Do the same with your arms, starting on the dominant side and then moving to the other side. You can flex your arms for a second and then let them go limp if you’re having trouble with this step. Relax all the way down your arms and into your fingertips. This is the halfway point to sleep.
- Relax your legs in the same fashion, starting from the top and moving downward. Make your muscles so limp that you feel like you’re sinking into the ground.
- Now relax your mind. Clear it for 10 seconds. If you can’t, repeat “don’t think” to yourself in your head during those 10 seconds.
You should be asleep by now.
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