How to Fall Asleep In 2 Minutes? – How to Fall asleep Instantly
How to Fall Asleep In 2 Minutes? If you’re anything like me, your night goes something like this, after an exhausting day, you brush your teeth, get into your Zelda-themed pajamas, snuggle up in bed, turn the lights off, and then nothing. No, not the good kind of nothing. It the literally 10 seconds ago. I felt like I would die if I didn’t get to my bed. And now I’m perfectly awake—kind of nothing.
So you try to squeeze your eyes tighter, or maybe I’m just not in a comfortable position. Yeah, that’ll solve it. But no, the clock ticks, and you become increasingly more aware of every waking second of sleep time that you’re losing and how increasingly bad tomorrow will be.
If only you could have just slept at school or work. It was so easy then. But now, in the solitude of night, all you have is your deepest, darkest thoughts and that damn clock that.
Oh my God, it’s been three hours. If this sounds familiar to you, then this video is for you because we’ve compiled some of the best advice and practices to increase your odds of falling asleep in minutes. And while we’re going to start with the stuff you should do before hitting your bed, we also have a technique used by the U.S. Navy to fall asleep in two minutes when you’re stuck there lying awake. So let’s start with seven things you should do before you sleep.
Number one is to sleep in a colder environment. Your thermal environment, especially surrounding your head and body, is perhaps the most underappreciated factor, determining not only the ease with which you’ll fall asleep tonight but also your sleep quality, whether you’re overheating because of heavy blankets, pajamas, or just a hot room, it’s been shown to decrease slow-wave sleep and REM sleep.
Even to initiate sleep, your body has to drop two to three degrees Fahrenheit or one point five degrees Celsius. And so being colder actually helps bring your temperature down faster. It might shock you, but the recommended temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit or eighteen point three degrees Celsius for your room.
Going to cold isn’t great either, but it doesn’t have the same disruptive effects on falling asleep or your sleep quality as a hot room does. Number two is to take a hot shower or bath before bed.
You might think being all warm and fuzzy is what makes you sleep, but it’s actually kind of the opposite. When you’re exposed to hot temperature, the body can’t hold onto the heat and sends blood to the surface of your skin, giving you that flushed red appearance. Once you step out of the warmth, the dilated blood vessels radiate out the inner heat to your environment, and your core body temperature plummets. This triggers the body and brain to think it’s sleepy.
Time number three is to put away the clock. Simply having the ability to see the time and find out how much you haven’t slept is not helpful and will honestly only stress you out.
In fact, time monitoring is strongly linked to stress and waking arousal, for you should minimize or avoid caffeine and nicotine; coffee, colas, some tea, and even chocolate can take as long as eight hours to wear out fully. And nicotine is a stimulant, so avoid them too late in the day. It’s also worth avoiding eating too close to the bed.
Well, some studies show avoiding diets that are excessively biased towards carbs will help. It’s better to avoid being too hungry or too full before bed. Number five, exercising and being physically tired can help you fall asleep faster. But working out two to three hours before bed can keep you up longer.
So earlier in the day is better, and the same goes with naps. Actually, they’re great but don’t take them after three p.m., or it’ll be harder to fall asleep at night. Number six is to make sure you’re actually relaxing before bed. If you try to sleep in your third or on your brain, you just won’t be ready for a relaxing activity within the hour before bed.
Like reading is the perfect ritual to put you in the right mindset; finally, number seven is to make sure you’re getting sun exposure during the day and minimizing your light exposure during the evening. You’ve probably been told not to use your screen before bed, which is true, but it’s equally important to get natural sunlight for at least 30 minutes a day if you have problems falling asleep. This helps to condition your body’s schedule and trigger tiredness at the right times.
So now that we’ve set up some conditions for optimizing your experience of falling asleep, you’re still awake. In fact, maybe you’ve already done those things, and you’re lying in bed right now, desperately looking up how to fall asleep faster on YouTube, which led you to this very video, Doesn’t Lie, in which case you have broken the n rule seven of not looking at your phone.
But I’ll forgive you if it was in pure desperation. I mean, I won’t complain about the extra view. But in all seriousness, if you’re laying in bed after all that, there’s a technique that the Navy allegedly used that, if practiced, can literally have you falling asleep in two minutes no matter where you are.
I say allegedly because the studies are not publicly available. Still, they claim they were used on fighter pilots who would often make avoidable mistakes due to stress and ultimately sleeplessness. In fact, they were designed to allow them to fall asleep. Even while sitting up and after six weeks, they claim that 96 percent of the pilots could fall asleep in less than two minutes. It goes like this.
First, you need to relax each part of your body systematically, take a deep breath, close your eyes and begin to focus on your face.
Picture every muscle slowly relaxing. If you need help, squish and squint your face first and then let it relax. Breathe out as you feel your cheeks, tongue, mouth, and jaw, relax, even imagining your eyes sinking into their sockets, then slowly make your way down your body and do the same thing to each muscle group. Tighten and then relax your shoulders, then arms from forearms to fingers, chest, and legs, and finally your feet, all while breathing deeply and focusing on the relaxation.
Once you’ve gone through the whole body, focus on clearing your mind into a meditative state as thoughts about your day or images pop into your mind. Try not to dwell on them and let them pass. Simply thinking through motions can stimulate your muscles to contract, much like meditation involuntarily. Don’t let the thoughts consume.
You try to focus on breathing in and out. Or you can visualize yourself in a calming location, like on a warm summer’s day in a hammock swing slowly back and forth. If you can’t stop your thoughts, they suggest repeating Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think for ten seconds. It may sound silly or fairly simple, but it’s the practice that makes perfect.
And anecdotally online, people have found it to work after dedicating time to it. But the key, like most things, is to practice each night consistently. It won’t be a simple solution on your first night, but weeks in, you’ll be much more likely to fall asleep instantly, assuming you don’t have a sleep disorder or other condition.
There is one more suggestion that is considered the single most important tip to falling asleep immediately. And if you can’t follow any others, follow this. Go to bed and wake up at the same time of day, no matter what, even the weekends, you know, it sucks.
But we’re creatures of habit. And if you want to fall asleep immediately, getting in a good routine will set up your body to literally work like clockwork. And after all, that, if you still can’t fall asleep, don’t lie awake in bed. Studies show that not falling asleep for an extended period of time causes anxiety and only worsens things.
So get up and do a relaxing or slightly boring activity until you feel sleepy. Thank you guys for watching. We played around with the animation style a little bit in this video. It’s a little longer, so let us know in the comments what you thought of it.
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