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Meditation and Sleep
Meditation: deep thinking in which a person reflects on past experiences, muses over current events or seriously contemplates possible future happenings.
Stress is a major factor that we deal with in this world. It affects our everyday life and the peace and happiness we seek to achieve. One of the principal reasons for stress is sleep deprivation. Many of us feel as if we live life “on the run.” Because of that, we either do not get enough sleep or we do not achieve restful sleep.
How can that be corrected?
One of several suggestions for getting restful sleep is to have some winding down time before retiring. This is an ideal time for meditating before sleep. If you retire at 11:00 PM on a regular basis, as little as 15 minutes before then can be set aside for meditating.
Should you be dressed for bed before meditating?
Yes, you should. You may also want to lie down for this particular meditation session. One of the goals is to relax so sleep comes quickly and is refreshing.
What can you meditate on that would promote restful sleep?
When reaching the end of the day, you should make sure that all negative aspects of the day have been set aside. How can that be done? By concentrating on the good things for that day, you can get in a positive frame of mind before sleeping. Contemplating the negative will accomplish nothing and may breed hard feelings for others.
Also, thinking about the blessings that you have in your life can help make you more positive, as well. Everyone has at least one blessing, the precious gift of life. Without that, everything else is nothing. When you take the time, there are many blessings that can be realized. Many persons like to verbalize that in prayer before sleeping.
As you lie there before sleep, you should close your eyes and do deep breathing. This also helps relaxation, as well. Think of a pleasant experience or of something that is fun. Then, smile. It takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown. Also, it is difficult to stay negative when you are smiling. If you laugh, that is even better because laughing is a healthy activity.
What if your brain just will not stop jumping from one thought to another?
Many people deal with this problem, and it is a chief cause of insomnia. Squirrel cage thinking or the brain going on and on can be aggravating. However, there is a trick that many people use that proves highly successful in stopping the constant thinking so one can sleep.
The problem is one thought leading to another and creating sleeplessness. The trick is to not give the brain anything to pursue. With your eyes closed, concentrate on the spaces between the thoughts. You can even concentrate on the spaces between the words of the thoughts. The spaces are nothing and the brain has nothing to grab and run with and will eventually let you sleep. Sometimes it occurs in less than 10 minutes.
Because you have become peaceful and grateful before sleep, that should contribute to a refreshing night’s sleep. Research has shown that the mind will replay 16 times throughout the night what is last encountered before sleep. That should not be the 10:00 PM news.
Getting refreshing sleep every night contributes to your mood, as well. Being sleep deprived can make you seriously irritable. This contributes to stress for you and others. This stress can be alleviated with restful sleep every night. Meditating right before retiring could make the difference in your life in this regard.
Interested in learning how to fall asleep instantly? Check out the dream control technique of the Silva Method here
If you would like to experience meditation in a new way, try the new Omharmonics meditation audio available
(A note from me: Besides the good suggestions listed in this post, I have found reading a good book, making a gratitude list, and deep breathing all make for a good bedtime routine. Occasionally I’ll have a cup of Sleepytime tea as I listen to soft, soothing music. I’ve learned not to attempt to go to sleep right after watching anything exciting on TV like sports or an action movie.)
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