This Is the Military-Approved Trick That Will Help You Fall Asleep in Minutes


If you’re one of the many that find it difficult to fall asleep quickly (or at all), you’ll be pleased to know there is an old technique currently doing the rounds on TikTok—see @DoctorJesss below—that promises to help you do exactly that.

Yep, the “military method,” which was popularised by the U.S. army and was documented in Lloyd Bud Winter’s 1981 book Relax and Win: Championship Performance is said to be an ultra-effective trick to help you drift off in as little as ten seconds, maximum two minutes. When between 10% and 30% of adults struggle with chronic insomnia, any trick is worth trying.

So how does it work? Well, first of all, the method should be practiced daily to experience its full effects—expect amazing results in six weeks of practice—and all you have to do is the below.

  1. Relax your entire face, including all the muscles and your tongue, from your jaw to inside your mouth. It can be easier to tense them all up first and then let go.
  2. Drop your shoulders to release any tension, and allow your hands to drop to the side of your body.
  3. Exhale, relaxing your chest and focusing on the breath. Also, allow your legs, thighs, and calves to relax in the process, letting gravity pull them down naturally.
  4. Clear your mind for ten seconds, imagining a relaxing scene. If this doesn’t work, try saying the words “don’t think” over and over for 10 seconds.
  5. Within ten seconds, you should fall asleep, but it may take up to two minutes when you first start practicing.

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