Meditate Your Way to a Good Night’s Sleep
Posted by Cecil Horwitz
Do you find yourself feeling groggy and tired throughout the day, with difficulty focusing and concentrating? If so, you may not be getting enough sleep, which can seriously impair day to day functioning. Whether you struggle with falling asleep or with staying asleep, you are not alone in experiencing difficulty sleeping. Sleep problems may be indicative of an underlying physical or mental health condition or may be a result of stress, but regardless of the cause prove to be a hindrance to optimal functioning.
Adequate levels of nighttime sleep are imperative for optimal physical and mental health, and a lack of sleep can have serious negative effects on our health. Poor sleep decreases brain function and can lead to a wide range of health concerns including heart disease, obesity, anxiety and depression, diabetes, and more.
Your mind and body love good quality sleep, and require 7-9hrs of it consistently every night.
Meditation Can Help
If you are having trouble sleeping, meditation is an effective and easy way to set yourself up for a successful night’s sleep. There are many various forms of meditation that can help promote sleep – from deep breathing to listening to music, meditation provides many tools to help you relax and calm down before sleeping.
Some techniques for meditation that are proven to be effective in helping people fall asleep include deep breathing, guided visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, and mindfulness exercises.
One example of a simple deep breathing meditation technique is the “4-7-8” breathing trick – you just breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold the breathe for 7 seconds, and exhale through your mouth slowly for eight seconds. Just give this incredibly simple trick a go, you will be pleasantly surprised at how quick and effective it is!
If you’re having difficulty sleeping, give meditation a try! Look into the various techniques, try one or try them all and find the method that works optimally for you. Just remember that the greatest benefits of meditation come from consistent practice, every single day.
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