Meditation and Sleep: Resting the Body and Mind

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If you are a chronically poor sleeper. one thing you may not have tried yet is meditation. Studies have shown that people who meditate on a regular basis tend to sleep better than those who don’t. One study that was conducted by David S. Black. Black took older adults who had sleep problems and divided them into two groups. The first group was taught better sleep habits, they would sleep and wake up at the same time every day and they would not have coffee or alcohol before bedtime. The other group focused on meditation and mindfulness with an expert. After a year, their sleep patterns were monitored and it was found that those who did meditation were sleeping better.

 Benefits

In the past, mediation was treated as hokum, most people believed it to be fringe science at best. Today, it has proven to have many health benefits and one of them is sleep. Meditation is all about detaching from the here and now and only focusing on what is happening deep within oneself. It is about letting go. Many people are not able to sleep properly because of stress. When they are supposed to be asleep they are thinking about their problems instead. By meditating you are letting go of all that, and in turn, sleeping better at night.
The other thing about meditation is that it reduces metabolism. Everything that is happening in your body while you are awake or asleep is governed by the brain. The higher the metabolism the higher the brain function. By meditating you reduce metabolism and thus brain function which allows you to sleep better.

 Getting Started

As someone who wants to try to meditate for the first time, you may wonder how it’s done. The first thing you should know is that there is no one way to meditate. There are different ways to meditate, so you can try several and find the one that most suits you. There are also guided meditations that you can follow to help you in your practice. You may find it hard to focus at first. Don’t worry about this. The more you practice, the better you will get at it. The important thing is that you find a space that is quiet and where you will not be disturbed for at least 20 minutes. You can sit on a chair or lie down, it all depends on the kind of meditation that you are doing. If you don’t get it right the first few times, do not give up. Keep doing it at least once a day and you will soon find it effortless.

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