Whether it's scrolling through Instagram until the early hours of the morning, tossing and turning to find the perfect position, or a work worry that just won't shift, falling to sleep quickly is a skill we're yet to master.
However, little did we know there's a secret military technique that's been used for decades which is claimed to help anyone fall asleep in just two minutes.
The method is detailed in the book , which was first published in 1981 but is now gaining traction online after revealed the hack to nodding off.
The four-step method is reportedly used by the US army to help them get some shut eye during situations that aren't so calming, such as on battlefields, and ensure soldiers don't make mistakes due to tiredness.
Here’s how to fall asleep in two minutes:
- Relax all the muscles in your face, including tongue, jaw and the muscles around the eyes
- Drop your shoulders as far down as they’ll go, followed by your upper and lower arm, one side at a time
- Breathe out, relaxing your chest followed by your legs, starting from the thighs and working down
- Spend 10 seconds trying to clear your mind before thinking about one of the three following images:
- You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you
- You’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room
- You say 'don’t think, don’t think, don’t think' to yourself over and over for about 10 seconds.
Still not convinced?
Well, the technique is said to work for a whopping 96 per cent of people after six weeks of practice. See, now you're interested!
magazine reports that a study of 13 countries in 2016 showed that those living in the United Kingdom are the most tired, with more than a third of Brits feeling they don't get enough shut eye.
Women were found to more affected by a lack of sleep than men, with 52 per cent of females feeling they are too tired to exercise, compared to 35 per ent of males.
Dr Neil Stanley, an independent freelance sleep expert for over 34 years, suggested it might be a cultural phenomenon.
'One reason why the U.K. has such a problem with sleep is because we’ve created a 24-hour society more than any country in Europe,' he explained.
The outlines psychological causes (stress, emotional shock, depression, and anxiety) of tiredness are much more common than physical causes (for example anaemia, underachieve thyroid, sleep apnoea).
Well, I think we all know what we'll be doing this evening...