Having trouble falling asleep? Well, this fitness coach has gone viral on TikTok after sharing a technique to fall asleep in just two minutes.
Justin Agustin (@justin_agustin on TikTok) shared the two-minute video detailing the strategy he says is commonly used in the military. “This technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place, even on the battlefield when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there’s a lot of noise happening. Sleep for a soldier is crucial,” he says in the video’s intro.
“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100% of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep.” Agustin then proceeds to explain how to do the “simple” technique:
“First, you need to calm your body and systematically relax and shut down each part of your body from head to toe — literally. Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” he continues instructing on how to go about the full body scan shut down. “Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your shoulders. Make sure your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose by your side, including your hands and fingers. Imagine this warm sensation going from your head all the way down to your fingertips. Now, take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet.”
It’s important to clear your mind of stress, Agustin advises before offering two scenarios to think about. “One: you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. Two: you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.” If you still feel as if you’re getting distracted with those visualizations, he says you should repeat the words, “Don’t think” for ten seconds.
After practicing this technique every night for six weeks, Agustin says that most people should be able to master falling asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes. 96% of people to be exact.
Watch the viral TikTok, which has amassed nearly 12 million views below: