We all know the feeling of looking at the clock as the hours left to sleep before the alarm goes off, slowly dwindle away. Unfortunately, trying to fall asleep may be the most counter-productive activity we ever engage in.

The human body needs sleep to function physically and mentally. Insufficient sleep weakens the immune system and slows cognitive function. Lack of sleep leads to irritability and feeling tired throughout the day. Fortunately, there are many ways to fall asleep and conquer insomnia.


1. The Military Method

The military method was originally developed to help pilots fall asleep in under two minutes. It starts with relaxing the entire face, including muscles inside the mouth. Allow both shoulders to drop along with both hands alongside the body. Consciously relax the muscles in the legs, thighs, and calves. The last step is imagining a relaxing scene for 10 seconds at a time.

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