Research shows that when it comes to sleeplessness, meditation may be just what the doctor ordered.
Having trouble getting to sleep? Is lack of sleep causing you stress? Is the stress that you feel about not sleeping stopping you from sleeping? Do you feel like you are in a stress-worry-no-sleep cycle? If this sounds familiar you are not alone. Many people globally struggle to get to sleep and stay asleep long enough to awaken refreshed and well rested.
In our lives, periods of sleeplessness often run in parallel with periods of stress. It is well documented that stress is a major contributor to sleeplessness. Stress can come in many forms and can be brought about by an overactive mind or a physical condition. As well as this, emotional problems can also contribute to not sleeping.
if not dealt with, poor sleep can lead to mental health problems and can cause insomnia. Insomnia can have far reaching negative consequences on your health, feeling of well-being and mood. For these reasons, it is best to try and deal with sleeplessness as soon as it occurs.
Meditation For Sleeplessness
A study conducted by Jama Internal Medicine, suggests that meditation can improve sleep amongst people who don’t seem to get enough.
In the study, the researchers looked at 49 men and women around age 66 who were experiencing difficulty sleeping but who hadn’t been diagnosed with a sleep disorder. For the study, half of the participants had to enrol in a standard sleep hygiene education program. The other half learned mindful awareness practices.
For six weeks, the mindful group spent just two hours a week learning a variety of mindfulness and meditation practices. The group were asked to practice what they learned at home beginning with 5 minutes a day and working up to 20 minutes a day.
At the end of the sessions the researchers measured the participants’ sleep quality. They found that people practicing meditation & mindfulness scored higher in better sleep than the other group. They also improved in areas such as depression, insomnia and fatigue.
In light of this, the researchers deduce that mindfulness & meditation improves the nervous system and cognitive system processes that relate to arousal and stress. As stress and worry are often triggers for not sleeping, it is worth practicing some meditation and mindful techniques to try and keep these problems at bay.
Therefore, if you are having problems catching forty winks, you might want to consider trying to practice mindfulness & meditation as a simple, inexpensive intervention.