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Trouble falling asleep? Try the military sleep method to help you doze off in 2 minutes

In a report with the Mental Health Foundation, around 48% of UK adults have said that a lack of sleep directly impacted their mental health.

Being able to fall asleep within minutes may seem like a dream, but there’s a method used by military that could work for you, too.

The technique was developed by the armed forces to help soldiers fall asleep at any time and in any place.

The method allows for a person to nod off no matter how uncomfortable and noisy the environment may be.

How lack of sleep affects work
Lack of sleep is said to affect a number of areas in a person’s life, particularly when it comes to work.

In a study published in Sleep as part of Oxford Academic, work productivity loss associated with sleep duration, insomnia, sleepiness and snoring was further investigated.

The research involved 1,007 adults aged between 22 and 60 years-old.

Sleep duration was assessed for a typical weekday sleep and categorised as very short (four hours), short (five to six), normal (seven to eight), and long (over nine).

“Sleep duration (both short and long), insomnia, sleepiness and snoring were all associated with decreased work productivity,” concluded the study.

It further added: “Among sleep symptoms, insomnia demonstrated the greatest impact on work productivity. Sleep should be considered an important element in workplace health.”

What is the military sleep method?
Begin by relaxing your face, closing your eyes and breathing slowly and deeply.

Relax your face muscles including your jaw, cheeks, mouth and tongue.

After this face relaxation, drop your shoulders and hands.

It should feel as if you are sinking into the bed, starting at the top of your right arm then relaxing your biceps, forearms and the hands. Repeat this on the left side of your body.

Now exhale and relax the chest area.

Next, you need to relax the bottom half of your body focusing on your legs, starting with the right thigh moving into your calf, ankle and foot, and then repeat this on your other leg.

After moving through the body, the next step is clearing your mind. This is achieved by thinking of an image or place that evokes feelings of relaxation and picturing yourself lying comfortably there.

The key now is trying to make your mind not think, which is helped by repeating the words “Don’t think” for at least 10 seconds to distract the mind.

The military sleep method may take a few attempts to master, but the more consistent you are with it each night, the faster you will achieve it.

The method is not only great for people who battle to fall asleep, but also for people who struggle with bright lights or noisy neighbours, for instance.