How many nights have you spent trying too hard to fall asleep in vain?
If you can’t count that on your fingers, you might fall into the category of people for whom falling asleep is a task.
So if at this point a tiny voice in your head is vehemently screaming, “So me!”, you’re in luck. Why? Because we’re here to help you fall asleep faster than the speed of light! Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But won’t you say 10, 60 or 120 seconds is superfast?! We can hear you gasp in disbelief!
But before we reveal the secret, let’s talk about why sleep can elude you sometimes
The reason why sleep doesn’t come to you sooner
On an average, it’s supposed to take a healthy adult no more than 10 to 20 minutes to slip into the land of snooze and snores.
But we both know it’s taken you longer than that. Why?
You might be overthinking
Overthinking is like stepping into a long-winding, and perhaps, unending rabbit hole. That embarrassing memory from 7 years ago does hold the potential to keep you up for hours. So does stressing about your everyday life.
Or maybe blue light is getting in the way
Or exposure to any kind of light for that matter. Blue light can mess with your circadian rhythm, likely delaying sleep as well as reducing the number of Zzzs you catch each night.
Let’s fix this mess, shall we? Keep reading to find out how you can sleep in a jiffy!
How to doze off in 10 seconds
This 10-second snooze off is also known as ‘the military method’ due its extensive use in the US Navy.
In this method, pilots were trained to sleep within 2 minutes or less. It took them 6 weeks to get it right but they got there! So can you!
Here’s how –
How to doze off in 60 seconds
The 4-7-8 breathing technique is what it takes to nod off in 60 seconds. A mix of meditation and visualization, this is particularly good for you if you stress too much.
How to doze off in 120 seconds
To visit the space of sweet slumber in 120 seconds, you can try a couple of things.
Might sound counteractive, but if you tell yourself to keep awake, there’s a good chance you’ll fall asleep faster. Reverse psychology really works, huh.
Sometimes your mind can run wild, going into thought overdrive that can, quite frankly, shoo sleep away. To calm your mind and initiate restfulness, you can visualize a soothing place. Many swear by this method, claiming it really works.
In fact, a 2002 Oxford University study showed that sleepers who indulged in what’s termed as “imagery distraction” feel asleep quicker than those who didn’t.
Often tossing and turning in an uncomfortable bed proves to be the real culprit behind delayed sleep.
What do you do in such cases?