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The military technique that can help you get to sleep on a plane + while away

A technique developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, possibly even on the battlefield has been shared by fitness guru Justin Augustin via Tiktok.


“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100 per cent of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep.”



After taking some deep breaths, Augustin says you need to relax every part of your body. 


“Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” he said.


“Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your 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.”


As you do this, you have to imagine a warm sensation going from your head down to your fingertips, before going from your heart to your toes.


“Now, take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet,” he said.


It’s important to try and clear your mind while doing all this. But how? According to Augustin, you do it via two ways. 


“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 room.”


Chanting ‘Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think’ for ten seconds will help if you get distracted. 


But you like all good things, you need to practice every night for six weeks before you go. 


“Apparently, 96 per cent of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes,” Augustin said.


Comments to his post showed many in agreement, proof that the technique works. But if it can help tackle jet lag is another matter…

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Published: 1 July 2022

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