Sleep Meditation

Whether you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, meditation can be a very useful addition to your bedtime routine and help to end those nights of tossing and turning. If all you want is a good night’s sleep (and you’ve tried all the tricks to get to sleep), don’t give up! Sleep Meditation may be just the answer you are looking for.

Here are a few of the ways that meditation can help you sleep:

  • Sleep meditation helps your body relax and reach REM sleep, by decreasing the production of blood lactate, the protein that causes stress, and is especially beneficial when practiced nightly (or daily if you’re a shift worker);

  • it increases melatonin (the hormone responsible for restful sleep);

  • meditation at bedtime lowers the production of cortisol, another stress hormone;

  • it helps you to work through problems that may be keeping you awake by calming the hypothalamus (responsible for hormone production) thereby helping to eliminate disruptive emotions and thoughts;

  • if your mind is foggy or racing as a result of depression or anxiety, meditation can help restore the neurotransmitters that ward off depression and help combat insomnia;

  • meditation can help in coping with hot flashes (due to menopause or otherwise) as it has been shown to assist in reducing drastic changes in the body’s temperature; and

  • meditation has been shown to help improve circadian rhythms allowing you to sleep regardless of where in the world you find yourself. If you travel for work and aren’t sleeping due to jet lag, this can be very beneficial.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of meditation in ensuring a solid night’s sleep. To find out more about sleep meditation, its benefits, and how to make it part of your night-time routine, please see our selection of articles below.

Articles About Using Meditation As A Sleep Aid:

Sleep Meditation – Insomnia relief

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Overcoming Common Meditation Problems

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