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Meditate in the Morning to Sleep Better At Night

April 07, 2020

 Morning meditation to help nighttime sleep

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you hear the term ‘meditation’? A perfectly sculpted lady with long flowy hair perched on a pretty pillow on a lovely veranda overlooking the ocean at dawn, perhaps? Or maybe you see a bare-chested older gentleman with a long beard and a white turban standing on one foot on a rock? There are a lot of stereotypes associated with the practice of meditation, so don’t feel bad if that is the mental image it conjures in your mind. 

However, these days the practitioners of meditation are so widespread that you are as likely to find a time-pressed mother of three with a lazy mom bun, and a super driven businessman in a fancy suit taking a few moments of peace throughout the day to centre their thoughts and pull themselves towards themselves by means of meditation. Pretty much everyone is doing it, and with good reason - meditation is good for you, plain and simple. 

The benefits of regular meditation are many and include everything from reduced stress and anxiety to enhanced emotional health, improved self-awareness, a longer attention span, etc. The list is virtually endless. But what does this have to do with sleep? See, the reduced anxiety we mentioned earlier is the bit that helps with improved sleep. Individuals who battle to fall asleep at night often find that the anxiety associated with this inability actually makes the whole thing even worse. As such, people with insomnia are often advised to include meditation in their bedtime routine, to switch off. 

Here’s the thing, though. If you struggle to meditate or don’t feel that ‘you’re doing it right’, this could actually increase anxiety levels and keep sleep at bay for even longer. This is why mindfulness experts like Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe recommend that sleepless folks try meditation in the morning instead. 

According to Andy, meditating first thing in the morning ensures that you actually get to it, and helps you to start the day nice and fresh. It also lays a foundation of mindfulness that leads to more mindful decisions and a higher perceived quality of life throughout the day. This overall calm demeanour will then permeate throughout the day, spilling over into your ability to drop off at night.  

DID YOU KNOW? Meditation and mindfulness could have a positive impact on your relationships. A 2016 study that measured the mindfulness of 88 couples found that couples who meditated and practised a more mindful way of life were better at conflict resolution. The cortisol levels of the couples were measured before, during and after a discussion of conflict in their relationship. Naturally, the levels of the stress hormone spiked during the discussion, but among the more mindful couples, those cortisol levels were quicker to return to normal after the conflict ended. 

There you have it - a quick look at how morning meditation can help you to sleep well at night. Keep an eye on the blog in the coming weeks and months for more interesting info on the science of sleep. In the meantime, if you’re serious about sleeping better, we invite you to visit us in-store to find out more about our Comfort Solutions Lab® and the pressure-point technology that allows us to make custom mattress recommendations for every customer that uses it. 

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