Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Does your mind race the minute you hit the bed? If so, then you are not alone! Many people have difficulty falling asleep at night. Thankfully, there is a technique you can use to help you get a good night’s rest; it is called Sleep Meditation!
Sleep meditation is a meditation practice that utilizes techniques such as controlled breathing and visualization to help you calm your mind and body in order to achieve a deeper sleep. A guided meditation process is experienced each day. This will help you sleep better and improve your overall aura by helping you stay calm in your day-to-day life as well. The best thing about this technique is that it doesn’t require any skill or training! As long as you are in the right mind set, sleep medication is achievable for anyone!
Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation
According to many studies, restless sleep and sleep deprivation can have severe consequences on your overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to a shorter temper, increased stress levels, a decrease in productivity, etc. These effects will start to take their toll on your everyday life, from personal relationships to your performance (or lack thereof) at work. Constant sleep deprivation can lead to serious issues with your motor skills and reflexes, which poses serious threats when performing normal tasks, such as driving and using kitchen tools to cook. Eventually, sleep deprivation will also affect your physical health. Clinical studies have shown that not getting the proper sleep needed will greatly increase your risk of getting diabetes, hypertension, and even heart disease. Sleep is one of the most important parts of our day!
Sleep meditation, also known as Deep-Sleep Relaxation Meditation is a technique used to familiarize the body with achieving a deeper level of sleep each night. It activates the brain’s reward center and makes you feel positive and happy! When meditating correctly, our mind tells our body to release our mood-increasing hormones, i.e. serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. These hormones, which are also released during exercising, leave you feeling energized and content in the days following a meditation session.
Guided Techniques for Meditating
Sleep Meditation involves focusing on your body, and imagining certain places, things, etc which already make you feel happy. Here is the best way you can practice sleep meditation:
- Breathing: The first step is to become aware of your breathing. Focus on each time you inhale or exhale. Try to keep your attention on breathing, and if your mind starts to wander, bring it back to breathing.
- Gratitude: The next step is to think of things that make you feel better. This could be remembering the smell of your favorite flower, or thinking about your favorite vacation spot.
- Body Scan: Once you have a grip on what to focus on mentally, it is time to connect your mind and body. You can do this by mentally scanning your body, and being aware of your physical senses; touch, smell, etc.
- Mantra: Finally complete your meditation cycle by reciting a mantra, i.e., a short phase in your mind. It can be anything that improves your level of focus, and keeps you grounded.
After this cycle, you will feel a sense of serenity and calmness, and your body will be ready to rest.