How meditation can help you to sleep better.
When I discovered yoga and meditation. I learnt what it really meant to switch off. To unwind. To relax fully. Everything and anything that was occupying my mind was put to one side. All the worries and concerns whether they were work or home related stayed outside. Over time because my mind was clearer, I was able to cope better with day-to-day life. Primarily because I was sleeping so much better. And as a result, I was happier.
That’s my personal experience. and thankfully there are numerous studies that confirm how meditation can help to manage insomnia, reduce stress, anxiety, depression, all the things that interfere with sleep.
Sleep happens when the mind is calm, and the body is relaxed. Mindfulness Meditation gives you more control over the autonomic nervous system. With regular practice takes you from the sympathetic nervous system (stress response), it calms your mind and releases tension in your body so you are relaxed. This is very helpful when you struggle with racing thoughts at bedtime.
Additionally, meditation can help regulate your body’s circadian rhythms, leading to more restful and rejuvenating sleep.