Benefits of Sleep Meditation For Healing| Guided Sleep Meditation
Mar 07, 2019
Do you always want to snag more sleep?
Have you ever wondered if meditating at night might help?
Meditation improves sleep quality because when we meditate, we release serotonin and melatonin- two things that actually enhance the quality of sleep.
Meditation comes from the Latin word “meditatio” which means “to think.” It’s an act of relaxing through concentration and breathing. It has been practised by diverse cultures and by many yogis since antiquity.
It is true that by practising meditation, one can reduce anxiety, stress, depression, pain, anger, and other related wellbeing issues.
When we meditate, what we actually start doing is watching our thoughts and then come back to the object of our attention, so we notice the thought and let it go and then come back to breathing.
Meditation improves sleep quality because when we meditate, the body releases serotonin and melatonin- two hormones that actually enhance the quality of sleep.
What are serotonin and melatonin?
Serotonin: It is a chemical that has a wide variety of function in our body. It is called the happy chemical because it contributes to happiness and wellbeing. It is mainly found in blood, bowels and blood platelets.
Melatonin: It is a hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycles. The pineal gland primarily releases it. As a supplement, it is used for the short-term treatment of trouble sleeping such as jet lag or shift work.
Let’s look at the 6 major benefits of sleep meditation that will help to switch off the mind and make you fall asleep peacefully:-
It is scientifically proven that sleep meditation gives immense benefits to our mind. Regular practising of sleep meditation will increase our focus and boost up our productivity. We become more energized and refreshed. It strengthens our willpower muscle.
Practising sleep meditation helps us to build awareness. Sensory awareness helps to let go of the tendency to think about the world we are experiencing (stop labelling, comparing, analysing, judging) and instead, directly experience the world through our senses. Sensory awareness also helps us connect to the present moment.
Lower Risk of Obesity
Being overweight or obese can increase an individual’s risk of developing several diseases like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. The reason for obesity nowadays is increasingly changing in our lifestyle, disturbed sleep habits and the eagerness to eat fast foods day and night is a growing concern.
Studies reveal that regular meditation can lower the risk of obesity. According to an American study, people who pay more attention to their thoughts and feelings in the present moment have lower levels of abdominal fat and are less likely to become obese.
Improves Concentration Level
The mind is a powerful thing. If we meditate regularly it improves the mental focus by altering brain function.
The point between the eyebrows is the seat of concentration in the body when we need to concentrate we naturally focus there. Meditation gives more clarity of mind. So if there is clarity of mind, then it is clear that concentration level is improved.
Control on Emotions
Meditation has been associated with the spiritual and religious practice of Eastern traditions.
As understanding of mental health is becoming more holistic, meditation is becoming more prominent in Western Traditions. The more we practice meditation, the more we get control of our emotions.
Improves Sleep Quality
Sleep Meditation is a simple way to get a better night’s sleep. Work can be stressful and to reduce that stress sleep meditation is one of the best meditation.
Once we are relieved from anxiety, stress and other psychological disorders automatically we improve our sleep quality.
Keep Calm and Say OM
OM is one of the most powerful sounds in the universe and is being chanted for thousands of years.
Chanting the OM mantra creates positive vibrations. It increases our concentration power and helps us to focus. The chanting of OM produces vibrations and sounds which are felt through our vocal cords and sinuses.
The vibrations then open up the sinuses to clear the airways. It is said that rubbing our hands together while chanting OM and putting those charged hands on different parts of the body heals or activate those body parts.
So regular chanting of this OM mantra will take us on a spiritual journey to greater happiness and positivity.
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