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How Meditation Can Help You Fall Asleep

March 25, 2019

Meditation might assist in treating insomnia

Suffering from insomnia can be debilitating - rolling around at night trying to make yourself fall asleep while you count the diminishing hours until you have to get up to face yet another exhausting day is no-one's idea of fun. This is why there are so many individuals who turn to pharmaceutical sleeping aids to address sleeplessness; they are simply at their wit's end. Fortunately, there are a variety of natural methods you can try before doing so. This includes meditation.

Meditation is a deep relaxation technique has been used by countless people the world over to fall asleep quicker and more easily, remain asleep for longer and improve their sleep quality overall. Here are a few reasons to try meditation before you resort to more drastic measures:

  • It's really good for you. First of all, meditation is completely safe - it's all natural and chemical-free and might even reduce your dependence on sleeping pills if you're already using some. Not only that - the practice of meditation can actually improve your health by lowering your blood pressure, easing pain and reducing depression and anxiety. It also has no known side effects.
  • You can combine it with other insomnia treatments. Cognitive behavioural therapy is often prescribed for insomnia sufferers and meditation works very well in conjunction with this course of treatment.
  • Anyone can do it. It basically cost-free (unless you invest in a book, CD or paid app to guide you), you can do it anywhere and once you have the hang of it you can practice meditation for the rest of your life. As soon as a kid is old enough to grasp the concept, they can be taught to meditate, and continue to do so until a ripe old age. There are also plenty of free resources online to teach you all about it.

So, how exactly do you meditate? The short answer is - you relax and let go. This seems deceptively simple, but once you are able to master the art of being in the moment you will realise that it takes some practice. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.
  2. Close your eyes and begin to breathe slowly and deeply.
  3. Keep your attention focused on your breath as you inhale and exhale.
  4. If your mind starts to wander, simply bring it back to your breathing.
  5. Start by doing it for five minutes at a time and then increase it as you become more comfortable with your practice.

Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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