A popular TikTok fitness coach is going viral thanks to a military trick he shared on social media. Justin Agustin posted a two-minute video titled: “Technique to falling asleep in 2 minutes.”

This handy hack is helpful for everyone but especially for travelers who are trying to beat jetlag or for those who need help sleeping on planes, in hotel rooms or even your own bed when you get home from a trip.

Justin says: “There’s actually a military proven technique to fall asleep in exactly two minutes after closing your eyes. It’s mind-blowing. Here’s how you can do it too. Now this technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place, even on the battlefield when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there’s a lot of noise happening — sleep for a soldier is crucial.

Related: Here are my tips to sleeping on a plane.

Justin goes on to say that according to his research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100% of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep. Below is Justin’s description of the technique, step-by-step:

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

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 your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose to your side including your hands and fingers.

Imagine this warm sensation going from your head all the way down to your fingertips. Now, take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet. Again, imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes.

Now, while you’re doing this, it’s really important to clear your mind of any stresses. To do this, think of two scenarios:

1. You’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear a blue sky above you.
2. You’re lying a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room

At any time when you start thinking of anything else or you start getting distracted. Repeat these words for ten seconds. ‘Don’t think. Don’t think. Don’t think.’

So that’s the technique you’re supposed to practice every night for six weeks. 96% of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes.”

It doesn’t appear that Justin has tried this technique and I haven’t either for two reasons:

1. I don’t have the will or patience to practice for six weeks.
2. More importantly and fortunately, I don’t have a problem falling asleep. In fact, my wife laughs at me, because when I read to our kids before bedtime, I actually fall asleep before they do. After a couple of stories (sometimes pages) I’m out. But for anyone who struggles to sleep, this technique is definitely worth a try! If you do this or decide to try it, let me know how it works for you!

@justin_agustin Technique to falling asleep in 2 minutes! Insp. AsapSCIENCE on YT #sleep #fallasleep #insomnia #insomniac #learnontiktok #howto ♬ You – Petit Biscuit

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4 Comments On "The Sleep Hack Every Traveler Needs to Know"
  1. Joanna Janssen|

    I actually learned this I high school many years ago and it works very well! Great
    for stress reduction and sleep! I was also taught to visualize all thoughts leaving my brain like a ticker tape. It really works.

  2. nel|

    In the Marine Corps, as a grunt, we didn’t need technics to fall asleep. We were so worn out you just feel asleep anytime you had a break in the field.

  3. Anonymous|

    I learned the technique for relaxation in a yoga class, only difference was starting with the toes and going up the body. Works every time. Another method is to imagine myself walk along the beach next to the Pacific Ocean, feeling the sand between my toes, and just at the edge of the incoming waves. Having grown up in the Pacific Norhwest and able to go to the ocean in about an
    hour, now living in the desert, it always work. It also helps to crawl into bed, rest your head on the pillow(s), and thank heaven for allowing you to have experienced another day.

  4. Leonora|

    After relaxing from head to toe, I count from 1-100 fast so that I can’t think about anything else and I keep counting until I fall asleep.

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