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  10/7/2019How to Fall Asleep Fast in 10, 60, or 120 Secondshttps://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/fall-asleep-fast1/13 How to Fall Asleep in 10, 60, or120 Seconds Written by Christal Yuen on October 5, 2018If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a smallcommission. How this works. Spending more time trying to fall asleep rather than actually sleeping?You’re not alone.Just the act of trying too hard can cause (or continue) a cycle of anxious,nerve-wracking energy that keeps our minds awake.And if your mind can’t sleep, it’s really difficult for your body to follow.But there are scientific tricks you can try to flip the switch and guide yourbody into a safe shut down mode.We cover some science-based tricks to hel ou fall aslee faster. 10 secs to sleep60 secs to sleep120 secs to sleepFoundational sleep tips The fastest way to sleep?    ADVERTISEMENT SUBSCRIBE  10/7/2019How to Fall Asleep Fast in 10, 60, or 120 Secondshttps://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/fall-asleep-fast2/13 It usually takes a magic spell to fall asleep this quickly and on cue, but just like spells, with practice you can eventually get to the sweet 10-second spot. Note:  The method below takes a full 120 seconds to finish, but the last10 seconds is said to be truly all it takes to finally snooze. The military method The popular military method, which was first reported by SharonAckerman, comes from a book titled “Relax and Win: ChampionshipPerformance.”According to Ackerman, the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School created a routineto help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about sixweeks of practice, but it worked — even after drinking coffee and withgunfire noises in the background.This practice is said to even work for people who need to sleep sittingup! The military method 1. Relax your entire face, including the muscles inside yourmouth.2. Dro our shoulders to release the tension and let our ADVERTISEMENT How to sleep in 10 seconds    ADVERTISEMENT  10/7/2019How to Fall Asleep Fast in 10, 60, or 120 Secondshttps://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/fall-asleep-fast3/13  hands drop to the side of your body.3. Exhale, relaxing your chest.4. Relax your legs, thighs, and calves.5. Clear your mind for 10 seconds by imagining a relaxingscene.6. If this doesn’t work, try saying the words “don’t think” overand over for 10 seconds.7. Within 10 seconds, you should fall asleep!If this doesn’t work for you, you may need to work on the foundations of the military method: breathing and muscle relaxation, which have somescientific evidence that they work.Keep reading to learn about the techniques this military method is basedon and how to practice them effectively.These two methods, which focus on your breathe or muscles, help youtake your mind off-topic and back to bed.If you’re a beginner trying these hacks out, these methods may take upto 2 minutes to work. 4-7-8 breathing method Mixing together the powers of meditation and visualization, thisbreathing method becomes more effective with practice.To prepare, place the tip of your tongue against the roof of your mouth,behind your two front teeth. Keep your tongue there the whole time andpurse your lips if you need to. How to do one cycle of 4-7-8 breathing: 1. Let your lips part slightly and make a whooshing sound asou exhale throuh our mouth. How to sleep in 60 seconds    ADVERTISEMENT  10/7/2019How to Fall Asleep Fast in 10, 60, or 120 Secondshttps://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-sleep/fall-asleep-fast4/13  2. Then close your lips and inhale silently through your nose.Count to 4 in your head.3. Then hold your breath for 7 seconds.4. After, exhale (with a whoosh sound) for 8 seconds.5. Avoid being too alert at the end of each cycle. Try to practiceit mindlessly.6. Complete this cycle for four full breaths. Let your body sleepif you feel relaxation coming on earlier than anticipated. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) Progressive muscle relaxation, also known as deep muscle relaxation,helps you unwind.The premise is to tense — but not strain — your muscles and relax torelease the tension. This movement promotes tranquility throughoutyour body. It’s a trick recommended to help with insomnia.Before you start, try practicing the 4-7-8 method while imagining thetension leaving your body as you exhale. Relaxation script 1. Raise your eyebrows as high as possible for 5 seconds. Thiswill tighten your forehead muscles.2. Relax your muscles immediately and feel the tension drop.Wait 10 seconds.3. Smile widely to create tension in your cheeks. Hold for 5seconds. Relax.4. Pause 10 seconds.5. Squint with your eyes shut. Hold 5 seconds. Relax.6. Pause 10 seconds.7. Tilt your head slightly back so you’re comfortably looking at    ADVERTISEMENT
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