Cannot Fall Asleep? Try the Military Method
- A sleep-induction method developed by the US military claims to have a 96% success rate after 6 weeks of consistent implementation. The method centers around preparing your mind and body for sleep by deeply relaxing for about 2 mins
An estimated 70-M American adults have a sleep disorder, the most common of which is insomnia, the inability to fall asleep, or waking up 1 or more times during the night. If you are in this category do not despair because the list of strategies to improve your sleep is long.
Most sleep problems are tied to lifestyle choices such as spending too much time indoors during daylight hours, and/or excessive use of technology and chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which will require you to make changes to your lifestyle, a number of tips and tricks can be useful short term.
A method developed by the US Military, revealed in the 1981 book, “Relax and Win: Championship Performance,” claims to have a 96% success rate after 6 wks of implementation.
Military Method Preps The Body for Sleep
The method centers around preparing your mind and body for sleep by deeply relaxing for about 2 mins, as follows:
- Relax your whole face, including your tongue, jaw and the muscles around your eyes
- Drop your shoulders and relax your arms
- Relax your chest as you breathe out
- Relax your legs, from your thighs to your feet
- Relax and clear your mind, then picture yourself in one of the following scenarios:
- You are lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but blue sky above you or
- You are lying in a black velvet hammock in a very dark room
- Then once you are relaxed repeat “Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” for 10 secs and off to dream land.
Lack of Sleep Raises the Risk for Heart Disease and More
Sleep studies conclude that overall most adults need somewhere between 7 and 8 hours of sleep nightly to maintain good health.
Regularly getting less than 7 hours per night has been scientifically linked to lots of health problems, ranging from weight gain to an increased risk for cancer.
Recently, researchers confirmed that lack of sleep can over time take a significant toll on your long-term heart health.
As reported by Medical Xpress: “Middle-aged men who sleep five hours or less per night have twice the risk of developing a major cardiovascular event during the following two decades than men who sleep seven to eight hours … Study author Ms. Moa Bengtsson, of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, said: ‘For people with busy lives, sleeping may feel like a waste of time but our study suggests that short sleep could be linked with future cardiovascular disease. In our study, the magnitude of increased cardiovascular risk associated with insufficient sleep is similar to that of smoking or having diabetes at age 50.’”
Men who got only 5 hours or less per night were also more likely to smoke, be inactive and overweight, have high blood pressure and diabetes.
For Top performance and when it comes to recovery from hard physical efforts, there’s simply no better treatment than sleep, and a lot of it.”
When I was active in the US Marines, I learned to fall asleep anytime any where when I was tired.
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