19 Jan Meditate To Sleep Better, or Turn Bitter!
Do you stay awake at night? Wondering about life and what you should or shouldn’t have done? Does over thinking keep you up and stress you out over how little sleep you’re going to get now? Do people tell you to meditate to sleep better?
Well, you are not alone. This never ending cycle of waking up and dreaming of sleep is very common. So just know that when you’re up at 3 am, looking at the ceiling fan, a lot of people are actually doing the same( as mentioned below, in 2015):
- People today sleep 20% less than they did 100 years ago.
- More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia.
- One in three people suffer from some form of insomnia during their lifetime.
- More than half of Americans lose sleep due to stress and/or anxiety.
Maybe you are a part of the half that stays awake frequently, or maybe you’ve only experienced insomnia in extreme cases like a breakup or the death of a loved one. Maybe it was just one day as a result of a physical condition, whatever the case maybe, it’s important to place your health above all else.The biggest reason for you not placing your health above all else - is your thoughts. Thoughts create stress, stress creates sleeplessness and being awake gives birth to more thoughts.
To stop yourself from going down this endless hole, you have to understand the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with your thoughts and feelings that arise in the mind. You may not be in control of them, but remember, nothing can control you without your consent. That’s where meditation comes in and sleeping pills get thrown out. Sleeping pills are not natural, but meditation is. The simple act of breathing in and out is something we’ve done since childhood- no one taught us to sigh, but we involuntarily do it every time we feel overwhelmed. It’s as natural as a response can get and that is why it’s important to meditate to sleep better.
With meditation you become more mindful as you train your mind to sit in one place and do the same thing again and again: breathe. This routine will be critical in turning your sleep patterns around, as you are used to stepping back and observing the thoughts and emotions, and turning them into neutral thoughts.