A popular new method called “Cognitive Shuffle” promises to fall into the arms of Morpheus in 15 minutes flat. Simple trend emanating from social networks or scientifically proven tip? Our expert Linda Piazza, sophrologist, answers us.
On social networks, tips for falling asleep quickly abound. Breathing techniques, white noise, special sounds… There is no shortage of methods. But a new tip has recently been talked about. This is the “Cognitive Shuffle”; a technique that would help the brain achieve a state of calm and well-being.
Play on stimuli
Initiated by Luc Beaudoin, specialist in cognitive sciences, the “cognitive shuffle” or cognitive shuffling promises to fall asleep in 15 minutes flat.
His process? Support “random thoughts” that distract the brain from current concerns.
The “cognitive shuffle” method would thus consist of diverting the brain’s attention using a repetition of random and neutral words (the more random they are, the better), starting with the same letter, for example A (Bee, alphabet, apricot). Each word must be the subject of a visualization. Then, once the list of words is exhausted, the words of the next letter (here B) must be listed.
This technique would offer a structured approach to managing your thoughts and would, ultimately, reduce your anxiety and put your brain in “off” mode.
While some are already fans of this method of falling asleep, not everyone is on the same footing. Some individuals, due to their temperament, will have more difficulty “letting themselves go” to sleep.
“People who continue to think analytically at bedtime, and who desperately want to solve a problem, delay falling asleep”, warns Luc Beaudoin.
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Visualize positive images
A technique for falling asleep, validated by our expert sophrologist, Linda Piazza.
“The process is consistent. In sophrology, we precede this visualization with a “Body Scan”, which consists of breathing deeply, stretching out fully then relaxing, one by one, each part of your body. Then, a visualization can be carried out, which here is “positive” (and not neutral, editor’s note): with eyes closed, we visualize pleasant images, trying to feel our sensations, our environment. For example, on a beach, you look at the sea, you feel the water on your hands, you feel the heat… The objective? Immerse yourself in a pleasant mental image and thus evacuate anxiety-provoking thoughts. Falling asleep will be easier.”