All of us know getting a good night’s sleep is crucial, and sadly, most of us hardly get it. Whether you’re suffering from insomnia or another other sleep disorder, engaging in guided sleep meditation can help you get your much needed 8 hours of sleep.
Keep reading to know everything about how this meditation practices can help, and how it works.
How Guided Sleep Meditation Can Help you Fall Asleep Better
Why is it Important?
Several studies have linked poor sleep quality to various health concerns and issues. Not getting enough sleep on a daily basis has been linked to-
- Increased risk of obesity.
- Higher risk of suffering from stroke and heart disease.
- Increased risk of depression, anxiety and other related mental health concerns.
- Performance issues at work and in social life.
- Decrease in immunity and overall well being.
- Increased risk of diabetes.
- Low energy levels, fatigue and general weakness.
- Increased risk of chronic illnesses.
How Does it Work?
Experts believe that the human brain is an extremely powerful tool, and it cannot distinguish between a real event or an imagined one. This is exactly why, when you imagine something, the brain creates neural pathways to deal with them.
Guided sleep meditation helps induce sleep by first completely allowing you to relax your body and mind and guides you, step by step, into reaching a very deep meditative phase.
This meditative phase helps you reach into the ideal brainwave patterns which help you stay more relaxed, calm and focused, even when you’re awake and going about your day to day activities. If you’re suffering from stress and anxiety, it can really help you stay more centered and in control of your emotions.
In addition, guided sleep meditation can also help lower your elevated heart rate and encourage slower, deep and more relaxed breathing- both of which are crucial in inducing restful sleep.
Using Guided Sleep Meditation
So you’ve got your guided sleep meditation audio ready, and are all set to take the plunge! Here are a few things you might want to know beforehand and get yourself ready for the experience!
- Create a comfortable environment for you to practise your meditation in. Be at ease- both physically and mentally. Discard all thoughts that come up in your mind, and start with some slow, deep breathing where your mental focus is solely on your breath.
- Allow yourself to be led by the guidance- avoid focusing too much on the ‘why’ and ‘how’ aspect of it all.
- Whenever you do find your attention drifting away (which it will), gently bring your attention back to your breath.
- Try to stick to the same meditation routine everyday- at the same time, and preferably in the same place, to be more consistent and see better, faster results.