Relax and Win: Championship Performance, a book written by Lloyd Bud Winter way back in 1981, is receiving widespread attention 37 years after publication thanks to the viral news cycle of the modern-day internet.
The book suggests some techniques, which were admittedly written before the modern day distractions of iPhones and nighttime YouTube spirals, however the principles can still be applied today. After all, sleeping hasn’t changed that much in the past 40 years, and the technique has a 96 per cent success rate among those who adhere to the practice for 6 weeks.
To start, the book suggests clearing your mind through the following four steps:
- Relax the muscles in the face; tongue, jaw and muscles around your eyes.
- Drop your shoulders low before relaxing your upper and lower arm on one side, and then the other.
- Breathe out and relax your chest.
- Relax your legs; first your thighs and then your calves.
The final steps involve finding that ‘happy place’ in your mind that will allow you to bliss out, pass out, and chase some deep zzz’s. Picture one of the following scenarios:
- Lying in a canoe on a calm lake, with nothing but the blue sky above you.
- Snuggled in a black velvet hammock in a pitch-black room.
- Say “don’t think, don’t think, don’t think” over and over for ten seconds (if this sounds like a strange option, it’s apparently regularly used in sleep meditation).
Once this phase begins, you should be out to the world within 2 minutes, pending your 6 weeks of practice.