Sometimes, there are those nights when we just can’t seem to sleep. Even if we’re just too tired or need to rest, we just can’t manage to get that much-needed 40 winks. However, it seems that one mangaka in Japan has found a secret method in getting yourself to sleep. He’s really confident of it in fact, that he can say that it’s an easy way to fall asleep, with “almost complete certainty,” in just 10 minutes.
According to mangaka @onoderasan001, there are six easy steps in falling asleep within 10 minutes. They are:
Step 1: Sit on top of your bed, with your legs crossed to keep your body from moving.
Step 2: Close your eyes, and breathe slowly, inhaling and exhaling with the same rhythm as you would if you were asleep.
Step 3: Do not actively think of anything. However, Onodera-san says that it’s actually incredibly difficult for the human mind to remain completely blank for even a minute, and after about 20 seconds or so you’re likely to get an image of something in your mind’s eye. Alternatively, if absolutely no image comes to mind and the inky darkness is unnerving you enough to keep you from getting drowsy, he suggests thinking of something simple and pleasant, like a cute character.
Step 4: Allow yourself to passively watch whatever images appear in your mind’s eye. Don’t think. Just let the mental image play out.
Step 5: Being on the borderline of conscious and unconscious thought, at some point, you’ll find yourself suddenly thinking “Wait, did I just doze off?” When that happens, slowly shift your body so that you’re lying down in bed, under the sheets.
Step 6: While lying down, repeat the process from Step 1, and before you realize, you’ll be sleeping soundly.
He says the trick to falling asleep is “relaxing your mind and let it run on autopilot, thus creating a condition closely resembling what’s going to happen when you’re fully asleep. As you get used to the process, you’ll stop needing to repeat it after lying down”.
So if you just can’t sleep, try to give this process a shot, ok?
Source: Sora News 24