Insomnia! The fancy name for being unable to sleep. If you suffer, then you know how your mind starts whirring just at the time it should be closing down. It’s almost like a catalyst – you’re super tired, your head hits the pillow and boom! There’s simply no chance of sleep coming any time soon…
The following are some of the reasons why you’re finding it so difficult to get a decent night’s sleep, and why meditation can assist you in managing to nod off.
You’re worrying about not being able to sleep
It’s a truism that the more you worry about insomnia, the worse it gets. Bizarrely, insomnia can be a learned habit. If you want to understand the science behind not being able to sleep, it tends to be that you have an excess of beta brain waves. And the more you worry that you’re not falling asleep, the more of these beta waves occur.
Mediation causes an increase in alpha, theta, and delta brainwaves. And these actually cancel out those pesky beta waves that are preventing you from falling into a much-needed slumber.
Time to forget about tomorrow
Worried about what you’ve got to get done tomorrow? This is so true for many who have difficulty sleeping. In the crazy 24/7 world we live in, our to-do lists get longer, and our relaxation hours ever shorter…
What meditation before bedtime does is bring your mind back to the here and now. It helps you concentrate on what you need to do now (i.e. go to sleep) and not what you need to do the next day.
Get a natural sleep ‘high’
If you’ve ever heard of the hormone – melatonin – you’ll probably know that this little baby regulates our sleep patterns. (It’s also the one responsible for jet lag). We need this internal ‘drug’ to regulate our sleep patterns.
Meditation before bed has been proven to increase the body’s production of melatonin, so affording us a better night’s sleep. In addition, it has lots of other health benefits, such as activating the immune system, is a powerful antioxidant, and aids feelings of happiness and well being.
Activate a healthy sleep cycle
The problem with sleep is that it’s not all created equal. There are 5 stages, with the final one being known as REM sleep (rapid eye movement). And it’s necessary to go through all five stages to get a truly restful night’s sleep.
REM sleep, being the final and deepest stage, is the one that many insomniacs fail to reach. Meditation has been proven to help improve the length and quality of REM sleep. Interestingly this is the time that you dream, and many people who mediate before bedtime report an increase in their dreams.
Check out the following YouTube videos for some guided meditations that you can carry out to assist in helping you get a great night’s sleep.