The wisdom of Wednesday 27 May 2020 Ever heard the saying – “Sanity takes on a whole new meaning with adequate sleep?” Sleep is something we all need. It is as essential for our survival as food and water, yet we are often neglectful of it. Do you have noisy neighbours, partying until dawn? Is the sound of the ocean and the fresh clean air of the Discovery Coast too much for you to bear at night? According to the book “Relax and Win: Championship Performance”, by Sharon Ackerman, the United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots to fall asleep in less than 2 minutes. The technique is underpinned by breathing and progressive muscle relaxation exercises and suggests that it could take pilots up to six weeks of practice to get it right, but it worked, reportedly even with the sound of gunfire in the background, and also when pilots were in the sitting position …. Interested????? Well the Military Method may work for you: Routine Instructions: Relax your entire face, not forgetting the muscles inside your mouth. Drop your shoulders to release any tension and let your hands drop to the side of your body. Exhale, relaxing your chest. Relax your legs, thighs, and calves. Clear your mind for 10 seconds or so by imagining a relaxing scene. Still awake? try repeating the words “don’t think” or “let go” for 10 seconds or so. Let go and let sleep take you, you should fall asleep! Give it a try, see if it works for you and tune in over the next few Wednesdays to learn more about the breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation exercises that underpin the routine above. Let us know any tips tricks or strategies that work for you. Sleep well and sweet dreams.