Fitness coach says military sleep technique can get you to sleep in two minutes

A fitness coach has shared a sleep technique that can help people to fall asleep within two minutes.

Justin Agustin said the method is used by many in the military, mostly fighter jet pilots, who need to re-charge in order to maintain their duties.

He took to TikTok and shared the meditation-like technique to his viewers.

"First you need to calm your body and systematically relax and shut down each part of your body from head to toe, literally," the certified personal trainer said.

"Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead – relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing.

"Now go down to your neck and your shoulders, make sure they are not tensed up. Drop your shoulders as low as you can and keep your arms loose your side including your hands and fingers."

Relaxing muscles is the first part of getting your body ready to a "rest mode".

The next step is to "imagine a warm sensation" running from your head down to the finger tips.

"Now take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet," he continued.

"Again imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes."

Having a mind clear of stress is also paramount to the quality of sleep and Justin said there's two scenarios that can help to relax you.

The first one is to imaging yourself lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you.

Meanwhile, the second is that you're lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.

He said: "If you start to get distracted, please these words for 10 seconds: 'Don't think'. You're supposed to practise every night for six weeks."

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Many viewers said they have heard of a similar technique – from experts or their parents.

One said: "My mum taught me this but saying 'my toes are asleep' and work our way up."

"I didn't know this was a military thing, a college professor told me about this and I fall asleep before I reach my feet," a second added.

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