How to Fall Asleep in 120 Seconds On A Plane


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The U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School has developed a scientific method to fall asleep day or night, in any conditions, in under two minutes. After six weeks of practice, 96 percent of pilots could fall asleep in two minutes or less. In fact, this method is so good that U.S. fighter pilots also used it in World War II.

How Do I Make This Happen?

Firstly relax your face. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply, relaxing your face muscles, even your tongue, eyes, and eyelids. Do not focus on anything nasty.

Next, Drop our shoulders as low as they can, as if they were floating down your body. Breathe deeply.

Now relax one side of your body. Make your entire arm go floppy, right down to your hand and fingers. Repeat on the other side.

Finally, tell your right thigh muscle to sink, followed by your right calf ankle, and foot. Do the same for the other side.

Now turn your mind off

Clear your mind for 10 seconds. Holding a static image in your head for 10 seconds.

If that doesn’t work, say the words “don’t think … don’t think … don’t think” over and over for at least 10 seconds. This will clear out any thoughts.

According to, when you’re physically relaxed and your mind is still for at least 10 seconds, you’ll be asleep, even if you are on a noisy plane.

Does It Work?

Clearly, it does work for some people but sadly not for me. I have tried this, counting sheep, drinking, not drinking… I have tried most things to fall asleep on a plane. What I can say is that this method helps to calm you if you are feeling hyperactive.

I am resigned to the fact that the highly stressful airplane cabin environment is not one that I can easily sleep in. I use destress exercises and a high altitude beer as my sleep aid, which works as long as there isn’t terrible turbulence.

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