Meditation and Sleeping
Meditation and Sleep.
The stresses of daily life can cause a plethora of reactions. Many impact our ability to relax and get the sleep that our body needs to revive itself. A busy lifestyle, money concerns, work issues or family worries can cause sleep to become a disturbing experience. Consequently this can exacerbate tiredness, lack of concentration and depression. Recent research shows that our health is deeply affected by a lack of quality sleep. This therefore leads to long term physical problems and draining the joy from life.
Your bedding and a natural cover on a not too hard pillow can also be a beneficial aid.
Have you spent time lying awake in the early hours mentally creating to-do lists? As a result you maybe rehash disagreements or try to find ways through work problems. The answer could be to teach yourself a simple relaxation technique. Most of all learn to let go of anxiety and focus on calm, restful thoughts. Especially relevant, remember this is an important part of making sure your sleep is good quality and refreshing. Therefore preparing you for the coming day.
The practise of mindful meditation is one that teaches a routine of calming the mind by focusing on the moment. Consequently being fully present in that moment. At its core it encourages relaxation by engaging in the sensations of the moment. Hence free from the distractions of past and present. The person doing meditation concentrates on breathing and the sounds and sensations around them. Furthermore there’s a focus on being fully aware of self at the time, then other anxieties can recede. Twenty minutes of mindful meditation a day has been shown to help alleviate insomnia, fatigue, depression and pain symptoms. Practising the technique creates a calming relaxation reflex. This can then be tapped into at night when life pressures or environment keep us awake.
Meditation and Mindfullness
To get started with mindful meditation, try these simple rules:-
- Practise the technique away from your bed. It’s important this form of relaxation doesn’t become associated with your insomnia before it can be used to combat it. So learn the habit at another quiet point of your day.
- When meditating explore the experience of being in your body as it lives in the world. Allow your mind to hear, feel and fully sense your surroundings.
- Practise while sitting up to avoid accidentally falling asleep and losing the moment.
- If you find there are distractions, gently pull your mind back to the mediation. This is not ‘failure’ but a process of how to learn about your mind and emotions.
- A gentle repetitive noise or hum may help concentration on your meditation.
Mindful meditation reportedly assists people to have a better sense of mental well being. Consequently this can be of use to clear the mind of worries at night time. If you find yourself awake at night, try to pull your new ‘relaxation switch’ into action.