What keeps you up at night? Worries about your job? If your fantasy football team will win it all this year? Politics? There are millions of Americans who are suffering from a lack of sleep. But a special technique developed by the military just might be the trick that helps put your mind at ease so that you can get the rest you so desperately need.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that an adult, ages 18–60, should get at least seven hours of sleep per day. Besides being tired and irritable, sleep deprivation is linked to a laundry list of health problems including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which hardens and narrows the arteries.
According to this study, not getting enough sleep can negatively affect your immune system, thus making you more vulnerable to sickness. Plus, individuals who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to negative impacts on both their short-term as well as long-term memory, weight gain, a lower sex drive, and fertility. Not to mention that when you are sleep deprived your alertness and concentration are all impaired. You are more susceptible to suffering an accident, which is a major health risk. Also, it is estimated that 90% of patients with depression complain about sleep quality.
Plus “beauty rest” is apparently a real thing. Those who get between seven and nine hours of quality sleep each night tend to have less wrinkles, a better complexion, less puffy eyes, healthier hair, and just a healthier appearance overall according to Michael Breus, PhD, a board-certified sleep specialist.
Not getting enough shuteye is a major and widespread problem. As of 2016, the CDC estimates that more than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis. The study, which was done in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, found that Americans are definitely not getting enough sleep.
According to researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, “about 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year.” Thankfully, approximately 75 percent recover without developing chronic insomnia.
There are as many as 70 million Americans coping with insomnia, plus an additional 43 million who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), caused by obstruction of the upper airway during sleep.
A 2011 poll from The National Sleep Foundation found that 60 percent of Americans experience a sleep problem every night or almost every night. These quality sleep encumbrances include snoring, waking in the middle of the night, waking up too early, or not feeling refreshed when they get up in the morning.
“As a nation we are not getting enough sleep,” Wayne Giles, said M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health. “Lifestyle changes such as going to bed at the same time each night; rising at the same time each morning; and turning off or removing televisions, computers, mobile devices from the bedroom, can help people get the healthy sleep they need.”
Because there are so many health concerns stemming from a lack of sleep, plus such a vast amount of people suffering with sleep deprivation, an entire industry has blossomed. Whether it be CPAP masks, premium mattresses, special pillows, sleep medications, apps, or sound machines, the sleep business is booming.
According to a market research report published by P&S Market Research in May 2018, the “sleeping aids market is forecasted to attain revenue of $101.9 billion by 2023, growing prevalence of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) disorders, rising use of portable sleep apnea devices, increasing government support for start-up companies, growing healthcare facilities, surge in the demand for sleeping pills attributed to stressful modern lifestyle, and increasing geriatric population are the key factors driving the growth of the market.”
So what if we could give you a simple technique that costs you absolutely nothing and it would have your one-way ticket to Snoozeville punched in 120 seconds or less? Sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Well, its reality and we’re going to tell you how to get your much-needed ZZZ’s.
All your life, you’ve been told to count sheep to fall asleep. While that sounds like a great idea to lull yourself to sleep, there is actually a better technique to fall asleep and it is backed by the U.S. military. The amazing part is that this method has an incredible 96 percent success rate after six weeks.
Instead of laying in bed staring at the ceiling hoping to fall asleep, there is a better way to get to dreamland. The revolutionary technique is featured in the book titled Relax and Win: Championship Performance by Lloyd Bud Winter, widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field coaches of all-time who coached nearly 30 years.
To fall asleep in 120 seconds, there is a simple four-step process:
- Relax the muscles in your face, including the jaw, tongue and those around the eyes
- Let your shoulders drop, and relax both sides of the upper and lower arms
- Breathe out, keeping the chest relaxed
- Relax both the upper and lower parts of your legs
The process also recommends that you envision yourself in certain, very relaxing situations such as “lying in a canoe on a calm lake, nothing but blue sky above you” and “snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room.” The book also advises you to say, “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds.
This special technique could save you hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars, and improve your health.