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Meditation for Sleep

With thoughts running through the mind, it becomes a challenge to obtain a good night’s sleep. The stresses of everyday life invading our sleep as we go over what has happened in the day or what may happen the next day.  The more time passes, sleep evades us, we continue in this distressing cycle.

Using meditation techniques over time, allows us to slow down, begin to relax and can help on our wellbeing journey, enabling better sleep patterns.

Basic step-by-step instruction to meditating before bed for a good night’s sleep is provided below.

Step 1: Create a Comfortable Environment

Before meditating, we need to create a suitable place to promote relaxation and sleep. Your meditation space should ideally be peaceful, quiet, and distraction-free.

Ensure your personal meditation space is dark and silent. Remove distractions. For instance, switch off the TV and personal electronic devices.

Wear what makes you feel comfortable and relaxed at bedtime. Also, choose a relaxing supported posture, such as lying down on the bed or seated with your back supported to your own comfort.

If you use an electronic listening device to guided meditation programs, lower your screen light intensity, mute other apps, and turn off any notifications.

Step 2: Selecting a Meditation Style

There are numerous meditation styles you can practice for relaxation, calm and peace before bed. It is best to explore and experiment until you find one that works best for you.  For more information on these meditation techniques, please go to this link.

Some examples include mindfulness meditation, breath awareness meditation, body scan with progressive relaxation and guided meditation. 

Step 3: Relax….. let yourself drift off to sleep

After meditating for a while, prepare to sleep, let yourself embrace the stillness you have created and allow yourself to drift away.

Meditation can improve your sleep quality if you find a technique that works best for you. However, it may not work for everyone. If your insomnia gets worse or persists, make an appointment with your GP or local sleep clinic.

Disclaimer: A licensed medical professional has not written this article, and it does not offer medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.