The military secret to falling asleep in two minutes

The military secret to falling asleep in two minutes BLOG Wednesday 15th September 2021


The military secret to falling asleep in two minutes

There are few things more frustrating than spending a night tossing and turning, desperately trying to doze off to sleep.

But if you’re used to lying in bed awake at night, brain whirring at a million miles an hour and unable to get the sweet, sweet slumber you crave, then good news.

There’s a brilliant military technique that is said to help anyone fall asleep in just two minutes – and it might just change your life.

The trick is reportedly used by the US army to help them fall asleep in situations that are less than peaceful, such as on battlefields.

Detailed in the book Relax and Win: Championship Performance, 1981, the technique is thought to have been developed by army chiefs to ensure soldiers didn’t make life-threatening mistakes due to exhaustion.

Here’s how to do it:

Relax the muscles in your face, including tongue, jaw and the muscles around the eyes

Drop your shoulders as far down as they’ll go, followed by your upper and lower arm, one side at a time

Breathe out, relaxing your chest followed by your legs, starting from the thighs and working down

You should then spend 10 seconds trying to clear your mind before thinking about one of the three following images:

You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you

You’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room

You say “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” to yourself over and over for about 10 seconds.

The technique is said to work for 96 per cent of people after six weeks of practice.

The NHS currently recommends the average person needs around eight hours of good-quality sleep every night to function properly.

It warns a lack of sleep can make people more prone to a number of medical conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.

With one in three people in the UK suffering from poor sleep, the army trick could provide some sweet relief.

If that doesn’t work, sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley says the most important factor when it comes to falling asleep is quieting your mind.

“In order to get to sleep you need three things: a bedroom conducive to sleep’ a relaxed body and most importantly a quiet mind. You can’t go to sleep if your mind is racing and so anything you can do to slow it down will help you sleep,” he tells The Independent.

“There is no magic way of doing this, you have to find what works for you, be that reading, a warm bath, camomile tea, mindfulness, aromatherapy or listening to Pink Floyd. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it stops you worrying about the stresses of the day.”

As reported in the Independent.


The TOP 10 most popular songs to listen to while gardening

How many have you gardened along to?

Do you listen to music while gardening? Well, if you do, it’s likely that at some point over the last year, you’ve listened to Fleetwood Mac’s song Dreams.

That’s according to new research from Miller Homes, who analysed the 116,021 songs added to 1,000 Spotify playlists with ‘gardening’ in the title, to reveal what the most popular sounds are for gardening this year.

Fleetwood Mac came out at the top the list, with Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl following a close second, while the Paper Kites’ song Bloom in fourth place, was the only song released after the millennium to make the top 10.

Commenting on the research, and the benefits of listening to music while gardening, Marcus Eyles, Horticultural Director at Dobbies Garden Centres, said: “Summer is a busy time in the garden, with plenty to do but equally lots to enjoy as nature puts on its best sensory display of the year, filling your garden with colour and fragrance. Add a relaxing, uplifting playlist to soundtrack your gardening time, and altogether it’s a fantastic time to be outside! Just a short amount of time spent in the garden taking in your surroundings can help alleviate stress, helping you to feel happier, calmer and more energised.

“The warmer months provide ample opportunity to plant your own herbs and vegetables, which can be greatly satisfying – as well as good for you. It’s also a great time for some garden wildlife spotting, where you can do your bit to protect the environment.”

How many of the songs below have you hummed along to while pruning?

The top 10 songs for garden lovers:

  1. Dreams, 2004 remastered – Fleetwood Mac


  1. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison


  1. Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Sky Orchestra


  1. Bloom – The Paper Kites


  1. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac


  1. Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles


  1. Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves


  1. Africa – TOTO


  1. Wildflowers – Tom Petty


  1. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman


The top 10 artists who appeared most on gardening playlists:


  1. Fleetwood Mac


  1. Harry Styles


  1. The Beatles


  1. Van Morrison


  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival


  1. Neil Young


  1. Tom Petty


  1. Haley Heynderickx


  1. Eagles


  1. Bill Withers


A Spotify playlist of all 30 songs can be found on Spotify.



REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Dr. Robert Schuller


Happiness is…falling asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow.


I said to the gym instructor: “Can you teach me to do the splits?”, He said: “How flexible are you?”, I said: “I can’t make Tuesdays.” – Tommy Cooper.


Love is…a bicycle made for two.


A time to fall asleep instantly…A time to be tossing and turning all night with insomnia.


15th September

1795 “Lyrical Ballads” published by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth – 1st work of English Romantic movement (probable date).

1916 First use of tanks in warfare, “Little Willies” at Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the Battle of the Somme.

1928 Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.

1964: The Sun newspaper is born.The Sun newspaper is published today for the first time. It is replacing the Daily Herald.

1970 Decca awards Bing Crosby a second platinum disc for selling 300 million records.




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