05 Jul Mindful Meditation to treat Insomnia
Millions of people around the world struggle to sleep every night. We spend hours and hours rolling in bed and trying aimlessly to fall sleep. It’s a common struggle when our mind resists to rest and pounds to the upbeat noise. Insomnia is a public health problem that many people struggle with. Mindful meditation is posed to cure insomnia by activating the relaxation button in your body.
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, an estimated 50-70 million US adults suffer from sleeping disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. Out of which, nine million U.S. adults use prescription sleeping aids. Sleeping pills have become so widely accessible that people are becoming increasingly dependent on them and in some scenario, they have led to substance abuse.
Like all medicines, sleeping medications have a wide range of health risks and side effects, including poor concentration, memory loss, drowsiness, and light-headedness. Older people are at higher risk of experiencing these side effects as risk increases with age. It’s definitely not hard to become dependent on sleeping pills and eventually develop a deadly habit.
Studies have shown that women are more prone to suffer from sleep deprivation. In general, women are more likely to dependent on pills compared to men. This could be correlated to the emotion sensitivity and vulnerability that women tend to experience from work and personal life.
In perspective, restful sleep is achievable through mindful meditation. Meditation is a teaching for your mind to fully relax by letting go your train of thought. It’s a practice of surrendering to the land of openness away from any judgment of the past, present, and future.
When meditating, your body is no longer tensed nor stiffed. It carefully stretches and loosen each muscle through the deep inhalation of fresh oxygen into your lungs, down through your spine and releases energy from your abdominal through exhalation.
Deep breathes levitate stress accumulated in your body and let it flow out bit by bit through each breath. It is a physical sensation that trickles from your head down to your toes.
Once your body is healed by meditation, you no longer have the notion to forcefully sleep. It becomes a quick reflex for your mind to ease up, shut down, and rest. Once your mind and body are well aligned, restful sleep becomes a daily routine.
Stop pondering and allow meditation to heal your emotional and psychological conditions, such as depression, anger, trauma, and stress. Start meditating 15-20 minutes each day to calm your mind and experience how it improves your sleep.