If you’ve ever found it hard to go to sleep, or get back to sleep when you wake up during the night, then this will help. Sleep is one of the most underrated health habits for a happy, healthy and energized life. When we’re tired we make mistakes, and when we make mistakes the cost in terms of time, energy, well-being, and productivity, can be extremely high.
Making mistakes is a part of life but not getting enough sleep isn't - that’s a choice. While it might seem easy to blame our workload, our boss, our partner, our finances, the weather, or anything at all for why we can’t sleep, the simple fact is that like most things in our life it’s just a habit. The good news is that regardless of what’s going on in our lives we can change any habit from being bad to good. The only qualifier is that we are willing to make our health and well-being a priority in our lives.
Just by getting enough sleep every night instead of being constantly sleep deprived, our creativity, ingenuity, confidence, leadership and decision making, can all be enhanced. Sleep deprivation takes its toll on our moods, ability to focus, and our ability to get the most out of our mind and body. When you also factor is that scientific studies have found that poor sleep is associated with higher stress levels and greater risk of heart disease and diabetes, then it makes sense that we take control of our sleep habits.
Here are 3 ways that meditation can help you sleep better
1. Focus on being present. Mindfulness meditation is a simple technique that produces a relaxation response in the body. One of the main reasons that people find it hard to sleep is because their mind and bodies are in a constant state of stress and tension. Then when they go to bed, they find it impossible to switch off the mind and relax enough to fall asleep. Mindfulness meditation is about being focused on the present moment using your breath, or even your thoughts as a way to quickly quiet the mind and relax your body.
2. Make it a daily habit. Meditation is a little like a gym workout for your mind. In a sense you are re-training it to focus on something other than worrying about things, thinking about the endless tasks you have to do or being distracted so much that your performance and productivity suffers. Pick a time of day that works best for you and do your best to stick to it. Aim for 20 minutes a day to get the most benefit but if you are pressed for time then any amount of time is better than none.
3. Learn to love feeling relaxed. We all know what it feels like to be under a constant state of stress, yet still we tend to push through and try and be superheroes rather than taking time-out to relax and recharge our weary minds and bodies. When we don’t help our bodies to let go of needless stress, then we are putting our health, happiness and productivity at risk.
To be at our best mentally, emotionally and physically, we need to get enough sleep and take the time to let go of the stresses of the day and start with a clean slate in the morning.
Taking the time to do just a few minutes of mindful meditation each day is like taking a mini-power nap. It helps to calm your nervous system and put your in a state of relaxed awareness. Not only does this give your energy levels a super boost, it also helps you to focus better throughout the day and handle stress with much more resilience and ease. Then, by the end of the day it’ll be that much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Michael Atma is a best-selling meditation and personal development author of Master Your Mindspace, which is a revolutionary fitness book for the mind. His books, seminars and online courses have touched the hearts and changed the lives of thousands of people seeking more happiness, health and fulfilment. Recently, he launched Mindspace.Club home to his Meditation Made Simple Program, where you can change your life in just 5-minutes a day. Find out more: Mindspace Club or check out Michael’s website