How to sleep with meditation
Most times when we meditate, we are not trying to go to sleep. We have the intent to rest our minds and bodies in a mindful manner. However, on the occasion, we might fall asleep and not remember a single thing. Of course, this is a natural phenomenon and varies for every person.
But, for some of us, we need to use meditation as a way to sleep. When we suffer from insomnia or anxiety, meditation can be an aid to relieve us from these chronic, oftentimes debilitating struggles. Sure, it is not our fault if these struggles are persistent. Matter of factly, some sources argue that 1 in 2 American adults suffer from an insomnia-related disorder.
Nonetheless, while there might not be a cure to sleep inhibition, meditation does facilitate rest and thereby makes sleep a more seamless journey to embark upon. Thus, the intention of this article is to explain the ways in which meditation can and will help you sleep.
And, in a near-post-pandemic sleep, regaining our natural born right to sleep has never been more imperative.
As a result, we all deserve to know how to sleep with meditation to better our lives in every area:
- Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth
- Listen to HeadSpace
- Close your eyes
- Be still
- Let Thoughts and Feelings Flow
- Allow Sleep to Come
Inhale & Exhale
Sometimes the most basic and repetitious tasks can prove the most difficult. It is not that we take them for granted, but rather how we forget to be mindful of them. And that is the purpose of meditation, especially prana or deep breathing exercises: being grounded in the present moment.
When we wonder about how we are going to sleep late at night, it prolongs the inevitable and becomes counterproductive. And if this cycle of thought and action continues, it develops into a full-blown habit. That’s why it is important to get into the habit of inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
Not only are you getting more oxygen but you are preparing yourself for the solace of sleep.
It is an increasingly effortless way to be embraced in the arms of slumber.
So, when we can’t sleep, we’ve gotta breathe at the very least. Yes, it is almost too simple for its own good. But just like the habit to be insomniac and anxious, we can always forge the habit of mindful breathing today.
A few deep, mindful, rich breathes can transmute a full-blown insomniac to the most well-rested of sleepers.
This is the number one recommended app for a reason. It can solve just about any problem in need of a more mindful, guided approach. Plus, we don’t always know how to meditate on our own. Accordingly, we need assistance to get a better bang for our buck. Only with HeadSpace, you don’t have to pay for anything. It is less about spending money and more about investing in quality, profoundly rejuvenating sleep.
I digress but did you know that being even moderately sleep-deprived can reduce one’s IQ by ~15 points (exactly one standard deviation). This can lead to the average person being borderline retarded. Yet, that’s the catch getting an adequate amount of sleep is what is needed to stay sharp and shrewd. Plus, in our own special way, we are all smart. It is just a matter of getting in the proper HeadSpace to do so and make that change.
Moreover, HeadSpace will even help you to find a comfortable position that stimulates REM sleep. It is the app that everyone has been raving about!
It is also important to acknowledge how meditation and sleep complement one another. Both are natural healers that keep all the chemicals in your mind and body balanced.
And while this might not seem like much, listening to HeadSpace to sleep can make the difference between a quality life and a life of irritation, fatigue, and unnecessary pain and suffering.
In the best, most reinvigorating way, may we all rest in peace.
Close Your Eyes
Again, deceptively simple. But, it’s worth bringing up to be mindful of its impact on sleep.
Also, when do we ever really sleep with our eyes open?
I mean, I am sure that there are certainly some exceptions to the rule, but that doesn’t change its ineffectiveness for how to simulate sleep.
When our eyes are open, we are more susceptible to be distracted by everything around us. It is more prone to keep us in a beta state than it is with inducing theta, alpha, or delta waves.
Thus, when we close our eyes, it sends the message to our brains that we are ready to sleep.
Essentially, the focus must be on the process. If we focus too much on going to sleep, closing our eyes might make us feel all too awake.
So, the next time we cannot go to sleep, we must meditate on all the wonderful ways closed eyes can bring us closer to our desired destination.
Sleep & Be Still
Believe it or not, I don’t think any of us are strangers to self-sabotage. It is very probable that we are working against ourselves just as much, if not more than, as we are working in our favor. Because of this, it is in our best interest to back off.
It is a wise decision to move out of the way to let much-needed sleep come our way. Without a doubt, this is easier said than done. It does require some mindfulness of how to be a troubleshooter. In other words, now is always the time to identify the aforementioned habits that have inhibited your ability to merely be still and just relax.
Evidentially, sometimes easy is hard, and other times vice versa. But, it is the meditation way of sleeping. And being mindful about your restful purpose, when done diligently, can put you to sleep instantly.
Indeed, the less your try, the more quickly and effectively you are going to sleep.
Let Thoughts and Feelings Flow
Regardless of how we feel before sleep, that is okay. We are worthy, whole, complete, and divine nonetheless. Just know that regardless of what comes up to the surface, you are going to make it through. It is okay to feel this way so just go with it. Go wherever they go, knowing that the process is a matter of letting go of the residue. The residue of the day, the past, the accumulative nature of our bad habits. Now has never been a better time to identify, address, and resolve the trauma buried within. And, to the best of our ability, we must let it go. But first, it has gotta flow. It is vital to feel to heal.
Essentially, thoughts and feelings are meant to ebb and flow, but they are not us. We are not them.
The less you fight them, the more they will be an ally to our sleep meditation. Just fully, powerfully surrender to the experience. A crucial attribute of meditation is not judging anything. Furthermore, isn’t it the highest form of intelligence to observe everything without judging anything or anyone for that matter?
Plus, regardless of what we are going through, this too shall pass. The breakthrough, sleep and otherwise, is right around the corner just as the sun is beaming fresh and warm on the horizon lines.
Whereas pain is temporary, joy is eternal.
Meanwhile, let the journey to sleep rock and roll.
Let Sleep Come
Last but not least, let sleep come. Let it come. After all, it is vital to remember that what we seek is also seeking us. And as redundant as it sounds, the power of repetition is beyond words for its potent impact on sleep. The more we practice mindful meditation sleep hacks, the more we will become it.
This isn’t because we are going back to mindful, restful sleep but rather because this is who we are. But, as with everything, it is almost too easy to get out of alignment with the true nature of sleep. And we must try not to be hard on ourselves in any capacity as progress is the key theme for sleep and meditation alike.
Nonetheless, it is a matter of getting your mind and heart on one accord. As you can see, when everything is on the same page, the pressing desire for quality, nourishing, and bountiful sleep can manifest. Flow and be.
Flow and be
For example, instead of pulling against your fingers (i.e. working against your goal), push them together (i.e. every part of you working in tandem).
To reiterate, it is in our best interest to let go of the outcome and let sleep miraculously flow.
It is about time our heart desires chase us for once?
Only it is not a chasing-fleeing situation; it is an awakening to a beautiful dream.
Does anyone have any thoughts or comments they would like to share? If so, I am going to get back to all your requests as soon as possible. Any experiences on how meditation has improved the quality of sleep? How has this post helped to make the correlation between sleep and meditation more clarified? If you guys have advice on how to make my blog posts better, I am all eyes and ears.
Why wouldn’t you sleep with meditation if that’s what you are worth?