Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers in Kulbiyow camp in Somalia. The method used by the military to fall asleep in difficult situations can be a relief to people suffering from insomnia [Photo/www.nation.co.ke]
Battlefield is always full of loud noises, anxieties and uncertainties. Despite all these, military personnel are able to fall asleep and sleep soundly. How is this possible yet research has found that millions of people around the world are unable to fall asleep in the comfort of their cosy homes?
A military technique used by the army to guarantee that they get enough sleep even in the most unlikely situations has been revealed in a book called “Relax and Win: Championship Performance” by Lloyd Winter. The technique which is said to have a 96% success rate is a simple system that virtually guarantees anybody to fall asleep within just 120 minutes.
The secret method has been practised by the American military with near a 100% success rate after a few weeks of practice. It is also practised in the British Royal forces and within the special ranks in the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). It consists of the following four steps:
Relax the muscles in your face, including your tongue, jaw, and the muscles around your eyes.
Drop your shoulders as low as they’ll go before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other arm.
Breathe out, relax your chest and then finally, relax your legs, starting with your thighs and then your lower legs.
After 10 seconds of deep relaxation, the next step is to completely clear your mind. You can clear your mind by focusing on cool images such as picturing yourself in a canoe on a calm lake, with nothing but blue sky above you. You can also keep repeating to yourself “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for 10 seconds. The sleep is guaranteed to pounce on you by then.