Do you ever feel tired all day but the minute your head hits the pillow your mind goes into overdrive? Not only that, your thoughts move to worst-case scenarios and your imagination runs riot with negative ideas. You then start to worry that you’re not sleeping and so the cycle goes on. The result is seriously disturbed sleep.
Anxiety or stress wake us up. However, there are ways we can control or limit anxiety which is often a result of our own thinking.
3 reasons for meditation for sleep
1.Meditation Enhances The Brainwaves of Sleep
During meditation, you produce more brainwaves that boost deep relaxation and deep sleep and less brainwaves that cause insomnia.
2. Meditation Brings Us To The Present
Stop worrying about tomorrow’s issues by focusing your mind on the present. By bringing your mind into awareness of your thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations, you can move yourself from a space of worry and stress to a space of peace and comfort.
3. Meditation Boosts Melatonin
Melatonin is considered to be the sleep chemical which is essential for feelings of happiness and well-being. It also activates the immune system, regulates the circadian rhythms, and acts as an extremely powerful antioxidant. Daily meditation, especially before bedtime, has seen increases in sleep-inducing melatonin.
How to start meditating
1. Choose a calming focus
A good method is to use your breath, inhaling and exhaling deeply from your abdomen. This helps to bring your focus from your mind and into your body, whilst also improving the circulation of energy. You can also repeat a phrase, speaking out load or internally. Use a phrase such as “breathing in calm, breathing out tension”, “I am relaxed” or “I am happy”. Our choice of words and intentions help to change our state.
2. Let go and relax
Don’t worry about how you’re doing. When you notice your mind has wandered, simply take a deep breath and bring your attention back to your point of focus. The mind will wander, the trick is not to lose patience and persist. In time you train your mind to stay focused and naturally your concentration improves.
Also read our 10 tips to meditation /energy-blog/mindfulness/your-do-list-stressing-you-out
Join a Jung Shim Class
At Jung Shim, we run classes to help with meditation. The classes are based on eastern principles that promote mindfulness and good health through a steady flow and healthy store of human energy (Qi), which maintains the balance of mind, body and spirit.
Qi Classes last one hour and consist of chanting, gentle movements and meditation to help re-train our minds to be more mindful.