MEDITATION + SLEEP
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of feeling your best, so it’s critical to prioritize it. However, getting good sleep night after night comes from more than just having the right mattress. While it helps, it’s also important to practice balance in all aspects of your life to ensure you’re allowing your body to heal. Meditation is an excellent step to incorporate into your routine to achieve that. The benefits span across more than just sleep, and if you’re consistent, you’ll be rewarded with clarity like you’ve never experienced before.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO MEDITATE FOR BETTER SLEEP?
Are you interested in meditating, but have no idea where to start? It’s easy! Everyone meditates differently, and it’s all up to you to decide what methods work and feel best. Here are two common methods:
A method so easy it may not even seem as though you’re meditating – simply count backwards from 100! Think back to when you were younger and told to count sheep. The idea is the same. A simple task like this will focus your mind to allow for relaxation, and then eventually sleep.
There are plenty of free, guided meditations available online that can be found with a quick search. Usually, a soft voice will guide you through various steps, such as taking a deep breath or relaxing your toes. You may even be asked to visualize a serene space, such as a beach. It’s usually good to try a few different guided meditations to find what works best for you.
Beyond countdown and guided meditations, there are many, many more methods available that go beyond this. Remember that ultimately, meditation comes down to you. It’s all about bringing about mental clarity and relaxation, so slow down, breathe, and allow your thoughts to come and go as they are.
HOW DOES MEDITATION IMPROVE SLEEP?
One of the main reasons people experience insomnia is because of excessive worrying or anxiety when going to bed. Meditation is an excellent way to combat that. It provides mental clarity and brings you back into the present moment, allowing for your troubling thoughts to subside, if even for just long enough to fall asleep.
In addition, meditation helps with the production of melatonin, which is the sleep hormone that tells your body when it’s time to go to bed. According to studies, melatonin levels are noticeably higher in people who meditate than those who don’t. Based on this, we can conclude that meditating does play a role in improving sleep abilities, although there is always room for more research on the subject.
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Meditating can seem tricky to get the hang of, but once you’re consistently doing it, you’ll surely find it easy. The benefits are endless, and your body and brain will thank you.
We carry meditation bolsters and cushions that can help you practice. Alternatively, if you want to explore a new sleep system or simply need advice on restorative sleep, contact one of our sleep experts. We’re always here to help.