How to Fall Asleep Anywhere, Anytime, According to Military Veterans

Millions of people have spent time in the U.S. military over the past 250 years, and they come home with valuable life skills that go far beyond warfare. Service leaves you no time to waste, so any period that's not filled with the task at hand can be used to catch up on sleep, particularly during travel. You can't let uncomfortable seats, changing schedules, or tomorrow's plans get in the way.

If your to-do list springs to mind just as you’re nodding off, there’s a low-tech solution for that, courtesy of Ben Feibleman, a Marine Corps vet who has visited more than 50 countries. “I've found it's easier if I keep a notepad with me or on my nightstand,” he says. “I write down what I can't stop thinking about as a kind of to-do list for the morning. That works as an ‘unburdening the mind’ trick.”

For extra unwinding, try some on some oms. “Meditation has helped me to have much greater control of my mind, curb that irritating inner-dialogue, and fend off unwelcome thoughts,” Burton says. “Not only do I sleep better, but I'm much more able to focus on and comprehend more of the world around me.”

Thrillist spoke to several veterans who shared a variety of tips for falling asleep when the opportunity was there.  -via Digg

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