Meditation can help you set aside your worries.
We all go through hard times where there is a lot of stress, lots to worry about, uncertainly, loss, grief, financial woes, and so many other things that keep our minds active. Instead of worrying about what has happened, we should be trying to think about the things that need to be done. It’s good to plan for the future and have goals, but it isn’t good to push ourselves to the brink of a nervous breakdown. When life seems overwhelming, using meditation to center ourselves and compartmentalize our stresses can help us to achieve a mindset of positivity and gratitude. This mindset is one that will draw ourselves away from worry and allow us to have the peace to sleep comfortably. Meditation and sleep go hand-in-hand: try it!
Meditation helps you fall asleep
Meditation can actually help you fall asleep! There are meditations especially designed to assist with this. A huge number of people fall asleep listening to guided meditations. Find ones that work for you! There is no magic bullet that works for everyone. Some people like to focus on visualization, some like breathing exercises, some like compartmentalization exercises.
Begin a virtuous cycle with better sleep.
If you sleep better – you will be happier
When you are happy you are more energetic.
If you are more energetic you will get more exercise and get more done.
When you exercise more you will be healthier and sleep better.
If you are healthier and happier you will sleep better.
This is what we call a virtuous cycle.
Keep a virtuous cycle rolling with meditation.
Meditation is recognized as an important way to build your resilience. Imagine two people whom have recently broken up with a lover. The first person experienced some pain and was upset, but managed to carry on with her life – perhaps by putting extra energy into a hobby while on the lookout for a new partner. The other person, however, went to pieces, got drunk, ate ice cream and became so needy. She never stopped talking about it! What is the difference between the two people? Quite a few things no doubt, but one of the major differences is their resilience skills. The first person has resilience. She can handle hard times, deal with adversity, tough emotions and carry on with life. While, the other person probably has low resilience skills. They experience the same challenge but their responses are so different. As another example, think of two soldiers who witnessed terrible things. One returns home and becomes a drug addict to cope with his pain. The other carries on with this life seemingly unaffected. Without suggesting that resilience is the only factor which can lead to two such different behaviors, there is no doubt that resilience – the ability to cope – is a key factor.
Resilience Combats Stress to Help You Sleep Better
Meditation helps you cope with life’s shit – and if you are coping, you are probably sleeping better.
Now, add good nutrition and digestion and you are living the virtuous cycle that produces well being – the state of being we all desire.
And it all begins with good sleep…
Sleep is so important.
Sleep is so important for you. Both quantity and quality. If you sleep better you will live better!
Improve your sleep – It’s simple.
Here are the main points
- Avoid blue light – especially those blue LEDs. Put tape over them. The reason blue light is harmful at nighttime is because your body is programmed to start waking when it experiences blue lights (that is the dominant light type just before dawn).
- Sleep in a dark room. Really dark. IKEA has cheap roller blackout blinds. Put them behind your curtains. Does your room have blinds? Then get a curtain rail and hang curtains in front of the blinds. Opaque curtains. THIS IS A QUALITY OF LIFE issue. Put fashion aside.
- Avoid eating as soon as you wake up – no saliva so no antibacterials so decay occurs so much faster. Interrupt night time digestive recovery clean up processes. Blood has to pump to digest.
- Avoid eating for the last few hours before you go to sleep. Same reasons as above but at least you will have cleaned your teeth.
- You need quiet. Be intentional about achieving it. A towel like object or a cushion to block the gap under the door. Try white noise – like a fan if you cannot avoid external noise. Use earplugs if necessary but if you do consider fire safety in your planning.
- Vacate your bladder. Be fully present when you do it so that it is really empty. Train your digestive system to not need a bowel movement at night. Avoid drinking a lot prior to sleep.
- The temperature of your head has to drop a few degrees as part of the process of falling asleep; You can aid this by moistening your head, scalp, face, hair, whatever.
- You can clear your nasal passages by lying on your back and pushing the tip of your tongue into the center of the roof of your mouth. Persist for a minute or two.
- Ensure you have good cushions and that you know how to use them. Watch our video. Cushions can support your head, neck, separate your legs, assist you maintaining or avoiding a specific posture. Be broad minded about this. Avoid thinking that the current way is the best way. Make some effort to experiment. It’s not that expensive anymore. IKEA have small, medium and large size cushions of 3 different thicknesses and with lots of different materials.
- If you drank more than one or two then drink water to compensate.
- Pay attention to your sense of safety or anxiety about safety. If you have fears then address them.
- Meditate prior to sleep or to aid in falling asleep.