A Military-Tested Trick That Will Let You Fall Asleep At Anytime

No one understands the dangers of insufficient
sleep better than members of the military. Back in World War Two, the KGB and the Japanese
military weaponized sleep deprivation, using it to torture POWs. In 1971, the British Army came under fire
for allegedly depriving IRA members of sleep as an interrogation tactic. And the Pentagon has acknowledged employing
sleep deprivation to break the will of uncooperative prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Denying a tired person shuteye for prolonged
periods breaks their brain without breaking bones. It causes psychosis as soldiers slip into
disoriented states and start conversing with figments of their addled minds. Lack of shuteye also proved ruinous for pilots,
who sometimes sleepily shot down their own allies or got shot down themselves because
of exhaustion-induced errors. So the U.S. military devised a means of helping
soldiers sleep between bouts of bedlam and bloodshed. According to Business Insider, naval ensign
Bud Winter was enlisted to design and teach a sleep technique for soldiers. Winter, who had previously worked with a psychologist
to boost the productivity of athletes, developed a sleep method that worked for 96 percent
of soldiers after six weeks of training. Perhaps more impressively, it only took troops
two minutes to transport themselves from a war zone to the Land of Nod. And now we’re going to teach it to you! The trick consists of five distinct steps: First, assume a comfortable position, like
sitting in a soft office chair somewhere where no one will see you slacking off at work. Next, you let the muscles in your face sag;
don’t hold them tight anymore. Third, you allow your shoulders, neck, and
back to go totally limp. Go full ragdoll. The fourth step is to relax your legs. And then there’s step five, arguably the most
important step. Once you’re all droopy, saggy, and limp, empty
your mind of all movement-related thoughts. Instead, imagine yourself in a hammock or
a canoe, or simply tell yourself, “Don’t think,” shutting out all other thoughts for a minimum
of 10 seconds. Getting enough sleep isn’t just vital for
the military, it’s important for everyone. According to the CDC, between 2005 and 2009
sleep deprivation caused an average of 83,000 automobile crashes resulting in 886 deaths
per year. And those numbers are believed to be conservative:
it’s possible that drowsy driving could really be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal crashes
a year. See, as it turns out, getting behind the wheel
when you haven’t had enough sleep is a lot like getting behind the wheel when you’ve
had too much alcohol. Staying up for 18 hours approximates the effects
of having a blood alcohol content of .05 percent. Once you hit 24 or more hours, it’s like having
a blood alcohol content of .10 percent, which is above the legal limit in every state in
the country. Drowsy driving poses a danger for any motorist. But it’s especially perilous for truckers,
who drive long hours and are often short on sleep. A 1997 study of 80 truckers found that they
spent an average of “5.18 hours in bed per day” and only got 4.78 hours of “electrophysiologically
verified sleep” daily over a five-day period. A six-month study of 260 North Carolina truckers
conducted in 2015 found that 46.5 percent of them averaged less than 7 hours of sleep
on workdays. Obviously, sleep deprivation and giant trucks
are a recipe for disaster. In 2014, ABC reported on multiple deaths caused
by exhausted truckers, including an incident in which a trucker who’d been awake for 36
hours killed a toll worker and injured a state trooper. That same year comedian Tracy Morgan suffered
serious injuries and his friend, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, lost his life when a Walmart
truck collided with their vehicle. According to Rolling Stone, the driver had
been awake for over 28 hours. If anyone could benefit from the military
sleep technique, it’s probably these sleep-deprived truckers. So get some shut eye — and then keep on
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29 thoughts on “A Military-Tested Trick That Will Let You Fall Asleep At Anytime

  1. I can tell you being in the military I have learned to sleep ANYWHERE! Humvees, tuff boxes with full gear on, even sitting up with lights on with daily operations. Trust me you get exhausted and those precious hours you can slip in, will feel like eight hours 🤣🤣🤣

  2. As an ex member of the British Army, I can assure you when I was on ops/exercise, you didn’t need ANY techniques to help you sleep…I was so exhausted once I fell asleep standing up leaning in a wall once…

  3. This is technically a yoga technique. You are just missing the breathing. That’s how I go to sleep 🤦🏽‍♂️😮👍🏽

  4. So the sleep technique is just…..go to sleep? lmao, damn all this time I was trying to sleep by assuming an uncomfortable position and keeping my body as rigid and stiff as possible lol

  5. Psychiatrist Abraham Low advised that you close your eyes and let them relax and unfocus, in addition to slacking the muscles in your face, it will aid in sleep When the eyes are unfocused most people cannot then form mental images of anything.

  6. Soooo…. Self-hypnosis? Been doing it for about 25 years. Works about 40% of the time. It's hard to "tell yourself not to think".

  7. This is really describing meditation, sleep meditation to be exact. I have taught this to many people over the years, in a better way, it doesn't work for me though, not for sleep anyways.

  8. What people don't get is that the military wears combat troops out so badly that every chance u get u will take a nap. This is due to exhaustion.

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