Meditation has proven to have quite a lot of physical and mental health advantages. It’s capable of enhancing your concentration, reducing stress, managing pain, lowering your overall blood pressure and improving your sleep – something very important to our team!
As a society, we’ve become blind to the critical effects sleep has on our health and well-being. Yet we wouldn’t dream of going a day without so-called essentials like coffee or our favourite snack, but having a sleepless night, is not considered a big deal
Thankfully, there are plenty of practices that can help counteract racing thoughts that just get faster when the lights go out – one of these is meditation.
What is Meditation?
Meditation has been defined as a technique that is intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness, focus attention and relax the mind.
How Does Meditation Improve Sleep?
We fall asleep better when we are not stressed out and when there’s nothing that preoccupies our minds. It’s as simple as that.
You need to clear out your thoughts entirely and allow yourself to go to bed free of the burdens of your day. You don’t need to be an expert either! While there are advanced meditation poses and techniques, you wouldn’t have to go over your head when it comes to it. Simply shut everything off and focus yourself entirely on your body.
Meditation intends to clear your mind and, the less stressed out you are, the calmer you will be at bedtime. That’s what’s important.
How Do You Meditate?
The process of meditating is straightforward and easy: simply sit and practice. All you have to do is close your eyes, relax and stay focused on your breathing. This is the one skill where you don’t have to strive to achieve something — just let your mind do its thing.
If you feel like you need some extra help essential oils offer the perfect environment to help you meditate.
However, if you’re new to meditation, phone apps like Headspace, Calm, and Insight can be really valuable since they have someone on the other end reminding you to come back to your breathing every so often. Many of them also come with meditations specifically designed to combat stress and evoke relaxation.
Like most things, these techniques take practice, so don’t expect to feel like a pro right away. Start by carving out a few minutes every day to practice; so that you can sleep easy and peacefully throughout every single night.
However, if you are still struggling our Brand Ambassador, Dr Ranj has put together a list of his top tips to help you fall asleep!