How to Fall Asleep in 10 Seconds – The Military Method

Aug 12, 2023

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Many of us have methods for doing things to make our lives that little bit easier. Maybe it’s to do with how you get ready each day, navigating your to-do list, or even a mental process you use to combat nerves. Our own methods are key to living a productive & fulfilling life. I’m sharing one here which I think everyone can benefit from – a method for getting to sleep. You can have the best business plan in the world, but if you’re not getting the rest & sleep you need, it’s not worth anything.

Heard of the military method? Here’s what to do:

  1. Relax your entire face, including the muscles inside your mouth.
  2. Drop your shoulders to release the tension, & let your hands drop to the side of your body.
  3. Exhale, relaxing your chest.
  4. Relax your legs, thighs, & calves.
  5. Clear your mind for 10 seconds by imagining a relaxing scene.
  6. If this doesn’t work, try saying “don’t think” repeatedly for 10 seconds. (Love this!)
  7. Within 10 seconds, you should fall asleep!

Now don’t take my word for it… it likely it isn’t always done in 10 seconds, but many people are asleep within just a few minutes. And for this reason, the military sleep method has become a part of many people’s calming nightly routine. When it comes to calming techniques for sleep, there’s never a straightforward yes or no answer. Several studies have stated that calibrating rest should be carefully considered during a military career, & if there was ever a line of work where a quick sleep trick would be handy, it would be in that one.

Having said that, no clear-cut studies specifically around this method are publicly available. There is, however, a lot of anecdotal evidence that shows this method works. According to the US military, it works on 96% of individuals who give it a try.

Fascinating eh? What do you think?

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