A paediatrician has revealed a new sleeping hack to help cure insomnia that will help you fall asleep in minutes or even as little as ten seconds with practice.
The sleeping hack is known as the 'military method' and has been used by soldiers to fall asleep while at war.
The hack was first published in Lloyd Bud Winter's 1981 book Relax and Win: Championship Performance, where it was claimed that after just six weeks of practice it had a 96 per cent success rate.
Dr Jess Andrade, who goes by @doctorjess on Instagram, shared the hack on social media, revealing it involves relaxing your muscles, breathing and visualisation techniques.
"The Military method is a variation of Progressive muscle relaxation and is a simple technique that has been studied for sleep and anxiety and is relatively easy to try," she writes.
In the video, Dr Jess tells her followers, "First, relax your jaw and your facial muscles, then drop your shoulders to release the tension. Exhale deeply and relax your chest and then relax your hips and legs."
In the caption, she adds, "'How do you do progressive muscle relaxation?' Breathe in, and tense the first muscle group (hard but not to the point of pain or cramping) for 4 to 10 seconds. Breathe out, and suddenly and completely relax the muscle group (do not relax it gradually). Relax for 10 to 20 seconds before you work on the next muscle group."
As you are doing this, you will want to continue breathing slowly and deeply and try to clear your mind. If you can't do this, you can try imagining a tranquil scene in your mind, like a canoe on a lake.
While the practice may first take you a couple of minutes to fall asleep, with consistent practice, it could take you just ten seconds to fall asleep.
It's recommended that you continue trying the technique for six weeks, after which time you should have mastered it!
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