Can Meditation Help Sleep – All The Evidence You Need

Man Meditating On A PierThere are many who like debunking the whole concept of meditation. In this day and age we live our lives almost devoted to stressful situations and pent-up frustration. It is of no wonder that a large chunk of the population either suffers or has suffered from sleep deprivation at some point in their lives.

There are other benefits that are mostly overlooked that can be achieved through meditation. So, if you have ever found yourself wondering, ‘Can meditation help sleep?’ then read on to find out about how it could help to improve sleeping conditions.

Been There, Done That

Man Holding Temples Looking StressedI’m certain at some point almost all of us have thought we have tried meditating at some point. Had a bad day maybe, nipped outside for five minutes to breathe? As much as you may think you have meditated, it’s not really meditation. It takes the right frame of mind and the right surroundings to really be able to meditate properly.

Once we have sampled this type of meditation and find it doesn’t work we cast it off as something that doesn’t work. Only it may be a case that we never really gave it a proper chance to see if it would work for us.

Silhouette Of Girl MeditatingAs with anything it usually never comes easy at first. It may make you feel like you are looking silly, so it isn’t working. Be patient sometime and go with it, don’t allow yourself to be negative about it. I’m sure you have surprised yourself before about things that you can actually do when you didn’t think you could.

Mind Body And Soul

Statue With Buddhist Scarf OnThe benefits of meditation that are promoted by people who practice it is well-spoken about. It has been said that meditation is able to help your inner soul and can allow you to channel your inner strengths better.

Entire religions are even centered around the concept of meditation and the strength that you can draw from being at one with your inner self. This is achieved through the use of meditation techniques and practice.

Stack Of Rocks BalancingMeditation can enable you to have a better mood throughout the day, help your productivity levels and leave you feeling better refreshed throughout the day. No more longing on daytime naps and aiming for the coffee or energy drinks.

When you find that you are able to become more at one with yourself, you will know that you can achieve things easier. You develop a better aura that you can channel into the things that drive you. You will be able to empathize better towards your surroundings and everyone around you.

Overall Health Benefits

As much as the practice is regularly talked about negatively the proof of the pudding is in the eating. The holy grail of clinical studies is the randomized test. Well, it has been reported in the highly regarded JAMA internal medicine by various accredited physicians that during one such study it suggested there was greater benefit to a group who practiced meditation. So there’s a clear benefit to aid in your sleep.

There are other benefits too. Some of these include:Happy Lady Smiling

  • Better concentration throughout the day.
  • Fewer feelings of fatigue.
  • Increased libido.
  • Happier with yourself.
  • Can help combat the effects of aging on memory loss.

The use of meditation can help to ease stress which in turn also helps to alleviate anxiety and lowers blood pressure. The practicing of meditation also can help with pain management as seen in many films. This could be of great benefit to some who suffer from continuous daily pain.

Why It’s Worth Another Shot

Hospital RoomNo matter how much we feel that it’s a waste of time it’s worth it for all the benefits it can provide. I’m sure we all would love to be able to drop off to sleep in under five minutes at night. Well I know I can certainly do that from my own refined form of meditation at night.

What about the health benefits? Lower blood pressure, less risk of strokes and heart attacks, just because we decided to try to breathe calmly a few days a week? Now some people would pay good money for that in tablet form but it’s available for free if only you took the time to give it the chance.

It is able to help you feel at one with your inner self and are then able to face challenges and confrontations better. You are able to put things that are worrying you out your mind and not allow it to get to you. This really helps with how you feel about yourself for the better.

Where To Go From Here?

Neon Sign Which Reads BreatheThe best thing to do would be to give it a try. You need to have the peace and tranquility to be able to carry it out successfully. Why not try out our quick guide to see if it can work for you?

  1. Pick out your perfect place. Make sure you will get no distractions and it is as quiet as possible.
  2. Get comfortable and relax. Don’t sit strained, compose yourself and just ease into your position.
  3. Feel your body. Know how you are tense more in some areas than in others. Get to know your body.
  4. Breathe. Find a rhythm that works for you. Slow, steady deep breaths are the key here.
  5. Be aware. The goal here is meditation. It is not to fall asleep. Still, be aware of your surroundings.
  6. Practice. This is another major factor for success. Often overlooked but practice makes perfect.

Lady Meditating On A MountaintopIf you feel that these techniques are not working there are plenty other guides that are available for free on the internet. Most of these offer free information on different types of methods and techniques that could help you. Take a look here at one of my other articles about other sleep apnea aids. Just because one or two methods didn’t work for you doesn’t mean the whole subject is myth. Try another different technique to see what will work for you, as it is well worth it to see what the real benefit could be for you.

If you have experience with meditation, why not post a quick reply to help others with their struggle. Or even if you have tried it and found that it didn’t work for you, let others know what you found while trying it. On that note, I wish you all a very good night!

 

12 thoughts on “Can Meditation Help Sleep – All The Evidence You Need”

  1. Hey,

    Great article. I’ve never tried meditation, but I have always been curious if it really can work. I used to do Muay Thai many years ago and I was about to learn all about their meditation techniques, and I was going to go to Koh Samui. But it all went wrong, and I gave it up. Hence, I didn’t pursue the meditation.

    If it can help my sleep, then I am going to give it a try. I think there will be a lot of people from around the world who are having trouble sleeping due to the pandemic. So, they would definitely benefit from your article and advice.

    Thank you for sharing, and keep up the amazing work on your site.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hi Tom,

      Thanks for your reply! It’s unfortunate that you gave it up. It would have really helped you I think. Especially with everything that’s going on. Hopefully you are able to give it another shot and you can get some benefit.

      I hope that my site has given you some inspiration to try again.

      Good Luck!

      Alan

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  2. Hello,

    Excellent article on meditation, I have to agree with you, a lot of people will try it and if it didn’t work they will just say it is nonsense not taking into account that maybe they didn’t use the correct technique.

    I like the guide that you gave, six good and easy steps to try it out.

    I started with meditation 10 minutes at a time, at the beginning that was all I could get to get my mind to just relax.

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    • Hi Cornelia,

      That is still quite an achievement! Usually every time we try something when we don’t know what we are doing it can make us feel silly. It really then does take a bit of pushing through it until you get more practice and become better at it.

      I hope you can use my guide for yourself one day again, and can get some benefit out of it!

      Good luck,

      Alan

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  3. Hello and what a nice article! Connecting to your inner self and finding inner peace and finding the things that drive you the most is something I can relate. I always find time once a week at least to meditate, talk to myself, pray, etc. I have some difficulty finding a spot in my home to do this sometimes. I tend to always think that I am in nature as preparation for my meditation. I really like how you presented this article, it is well constructed and well-detailed.

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    • Hi,

      I’m glad you like my article! Thank you. I am glad to hear that even though you have a difficulty finding the right place, you can manage to disconnect yourself from your surroundings and allow yourself to meditate regardless.

      This is what everyone would love to be able to do, so you are fortunate there.

      Hopefully you are able to have a better area for yourself at some point to relax better.

      Thanks again,

      Alan

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    • Hello there. Being outside and/or walking can be very meditative too. I know it’s difficult at these times and not everyone has a garden or balcony or outdoor space, but when we can go out, ie for shopping we could use that time to try calming or focusing our minds or just letting go. Listening to nature, we can actually really hear it now, or whatever sounds you like, wind and waves maybe. Whatever it is I hope you find something to help.

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      • Hi Alexandria,

        Thanks for your support for Lemuel! I cannot wait until we are able to go back out freely. Beeing able to enjoy the outside air and environment again will be so rewarding.

        At least it is quieter outside for now, though it won’t last.

        Take care,

        Alan

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  4. I’ve found that the gentle sounds of water bubbling over stones really helps me to relax. But it did take me a while to actually find what’s right for me. My colleague says she prefers crashing waves! It’s a great quote the one that says each to their own.

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    • Hi Alexandria,

      You are exactly right there! Not every person is a copy of the other, we are all different. That is why it can take some time to figure out what works for you.

      For example, I personally enjoy quiet, but if it’s not quite I can self meditate and block any sounds out. This is crucial when you work night shift.

      Take care,

      Alan

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  5. Hi Alan,I find watching relaxing music on you tube helps me relax,I like the sound of running water and the sound of wildlife which you can watch and listen to,I would also like to congratulate you on an excellent site,good luck to you on an excellent and well written article.

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    • Hi Robert,

      I’m glad to hear that you are able to find relaxation in many different ways. It really does help if you are able to draw on the positives of your surroundings.

      Glad to hear that you have enjoyed my article. It does help to encourage me to keep trying to create great articles!

      Take care,

      Alan

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