Viral TikTok Hack For Falling Asleep in Under 2 Minutes Could Help Ease “Pandemic Insomnia”

According to certified personal trainer Justin Agustin, 96% of people who practice the technique are able to fall asleep within two minutes of closing their eyes.

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Amid the ongoing stressors related to the pandemic, such as prolonged uncertainty, certified personal trainer and fitness coach Justin Agustin has introduced the latest TikTok tip to take the world by storm: Sleeping advice derived from military training that promises to help people fall asleep in under two minutes.

According to the Montreal-based trainer, the proven way to fall asleep in under two minutes is a two-step process which involves clearing one’s thoughts, and then picturing calm scenarios to help relieve the mind of additional stress, both of which Agustin claims serve to help properly shut down the body ahead of rest.

“First, you need to calm your body and systematically relax and shut down each part of your body from head to toe, literally,” Agustin says.

In the viral Tik-Tok, Agustin gives two helpful examples to visualize: “You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you” or, “You’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.”

As many experts in mindfulness assert, it’s natural for one’s mind to drift off while attempting to redirect one’s thoughts to the imagination or to the senses. The antidote, Agustin says, is to repeat the phrase “Don’t think” for 10 seconds in order to help relax and focus on the breath.

This particular trick was developed by military fighter pilots and soldiers who found ways to sleep through distressing or uncomfortable war-time settings in order to avoid slow reflexes caused by sleep deprivation.

The hack comes at a perfect time: Over the course of the pandemic, there has been a sharp increase in sleeping disorders, which are commonly grouped under the term “Pandemic insomnia.”

In fact, a study from the University of Southampton revealed that the number of people experiencing insomnia rose from 15.7% to 24.7%, with the highest rates of sleeplessness occurring among mothers, essential workers, and BIPOC groups. Not only that, but in 2020, “insomnia” was Googled more times than any other year.

According to Agustin, 96% of people who practice the technique are able to fall asleep within two minutes of closing their eyes, and for best results, the process must be repeated every night for six weeks.