Whether you suffer from insomnia, sleep deprivation, difficulty falling asleep at night, or regular restless nights in bed, guided meditation for sleep can help calm and unwind the mind (and body) before bed and create the right conditions for a restful nights sleep.
What is meditation for sleep?
With the help of an instructor, guided meditation for sleep will help you relax your body and mind before bed. This is done by guiding you through visualizations and breathing exercises that gently bring your attention to things that ground you to the present.
The meditation will usually start you off, laying in bed on your back, preparing your body and setting the conditions for sleep. From there, you’ll close your eyes and go through a few different exercises in your mind to begin to calm your mind and distance yourself from thoughts and worries that can tend to keep you up at night.
Guided meditations for sleep
How meditation helps you sleep
Anxious thoughts and worries are cited as the number one reason that people have trouble falling asleep at night. There are also clinical and psychological reasons that many people have difficulty getting a full nights rest.
Meditation has been shown to help train the mind to notice anxious thoughts as they arise, and distance itself from these thoughts non-judgmentally, instead of following these thoughts.
How often have you caught yourself, while trying to fall asleep, lost in thought for several minutes before realizing you’re in bed trying to sleep? Too often the mind can wander, and sometimes wander into worries, hypothetical situations, embarrassing or shameful events of the day or the past, or uncertainty of the future.
This often happens more at night when we’re trying to fall asleep than during the day because we’ve been distracting ourselves all day with work, school, obligations, and responsibilities that when we finally have some time in the dark, peaceful quiet, the mind can take this opportunity to surface worries and anxiety from the subconscious.
Meditation is a tool that can help us notice this pattern, become aware of it, and better deal with it at night.
In addition, meditation can be a very relaxing and calming practice, which can help create the conditions to fall asleep at night.
How to meditate for sleep
One of the more effective ways to meditation for sleep is through visualization.
Using visualization, you slowly and gently power down your muscles and begin to relax your mind and body for a restful night’s sleep.