Feeling tired and yearning to get a good nights’ sleep without waking up, rolling around or having to count sleep?
Tired of being an insomniac?
Why not try sleeping meditation?
It can help you to relax and distance yourself from your stress and lead you to better quality sleep and rest. Getting the 6-8 hours of sleep per night most of us need, will make a world of difference to how we perform during the day.
What is sleep meditation?
Simply put: it’s meditation you do to help you sleep.
There are countless forms of meditation that can be used to help you sleep, so we will not be talking about a specific type of meditation, but rather about meditation in general that is geared towards helping your relax.
Doing meditation before you go to sleep, while you are in a comfortable environment that is not too hot or too cold, can help you relax just enough to be able to easily slip away to dreamland.
To increase the effectiveness of your meditation regime, try meditation during the day as well, as it will keep you calm and relaxed throughout the day and make falling asleep so much easier at the end of your day.
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Meditation to relax
Since there are several ways to approach this, I’ve compiled a short list for you. Find a sleeping meditation that you are comfortable with or even combine a few if that works for you. Do this daily to get the most benefit from it.
This is very effective to help you sleep as concentrating on and controlling your breathing takes effort and focus, pulling your attention away from that which is keeping you from sleeping.
Focus on breathing with your lower abdomen, slowing your breath rate down and trying to make exhalation longer than inhalation. Continue doing this until you fall asleep or after 15 to 30 minutes just stop and let yourself fall asleep.
This is ideal when you find yourself unable to do meditation on your own.
is usually a form of visualization to draw your attention away from incessant thinking and problems and focusing on pleasant, positive relaxing images, which help you to deeply relax.
All you have to do is lay back, listen, follow along and sleep will flow naturally from there.
Full body relaxation
Do this when you are in bed, ready for sleep, and comfortable. Focus on tightening the muscles on your toes for 10 counts and then relaxing them. Pay attention to how your toes feel when relaxed. Slowly work your way up to the top of your head.
Repeat in the areas where you feel the stress more intensely or where you find the muscles tense back up.
If you would like an easy way to do this then get Deep Relaxation, which has been designed to teach deep relaxation and has a track specifically for sleep. Wind down is also designed for relaxing after a hard day.