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How to Fall Asleep on A Flight in Two Minutes

How to Fall Asleep on A Flight in Two Minutes
Jennifer Billock

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Drop your shoulders low, release the tension in your neck and let it go limp.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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View Comments (9)


  1. Gigantor

    May 23, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Step 0 is missing:
    Drink two gin & tonic cocktails shortly before boarding the aircraft.

  2. fotographer

    May 23, 2019 at 7:08 am

    it worked, I feel asleep while I was reading this

  3. chavala

    May 23, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I just tried it, it’s not wor……….Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  4. RG1X

    May 23, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Yeah… no.

  5. bimmerfreak0

    May 23, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Liqour is my aid

  6. The Pompous Man

    May 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Bunch of drunks on here.

  7. Sydneyberlin

    May 23, 2019 at 7:44 pm

    Booze or Zolpidem. Always works- and that whaffle here in the article most definitely doesn’t.

  8. madian

    May 23, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Isn’t it funny that pilots learn how to fall asleep in 2 minutes – should they not rather learn how to stay awake? ;-)

  9. Weezergirl

    May 29, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Ah sorryyy, sounds great, but it just isn’t that easy. Flying at 30K feet is simulated to being 6K-8K ft. For me, for many of us, that increases your heart rate, like drinking a caffeinated cup of coffee before bed! The oxygen mix is compromised, as is your circulation, the ambient air is always moving and very dry. I’m no expert but google it; many articles will tell you that just learning to relax isn’t what’s at stake. The industry has improved these conditions from the past and are always trying to improve them more, though; there is hope.

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