A fitness instructor on TikTok has gone viral after sharing a technique for falling asleep in only two minutes that’s reportedly used by people in the military. In the clip, Justin Agustin says it’s all about “calming” the body from “head to toe” in order to drift off quickly.
Agustin recommends letting the muscles in your forehead slowly relax to get started. Next, you should “relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw, and focus on breathing” before doing the same with your neck and shoulders.
“Make sure your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose by your side, including your hands and fingers,” he advises, adding that you should then feel a “warm sensation” coursing through your body.
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Next, Agustin instructs viewers to breathe deeply and slowly to relax all body parts. “Take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs, and feet,” he says. “Again, imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes.”
This should also remove stress and anxiety from your mind. What also helps with this is envisioning one of two peaceful scenarios. This element is essential for the technique, especially when falling asleep is a struggle.
“One – you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. Two – you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black,” he explains. “At any time when you start thinking of anything else or you start getting distracted, repeat these words for 10 seconds: ‘Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think.'”
Justin Agustin admits that you may not be successful with this right away. Instead, he says you should practice it every night for six weeks. By then, you should be a master.
People in the comments seemed to agree, with one person writing: “I’m a military brat and was taught this. I also had a veteran as a psychology teacher in college who taught this. it definitely works.” Another added: “We learned this at summer camp back in the late 70s. I love it.”
You’re welcome, insomniacs!