Benefits to Sleeping Because of Meditation
Attempting to fall asleep can cause many people discomfort. A poor night’s sleep can have a debilitating effect on our day resulting in poor work ethic or crumbling friendships. There are a lot of reasons why one may have trouble falling asleep. Some people can be anxious about the day’s activities or some can be nervous about deadlines in the future. Even the size and comfort of the mattress can prevent one from getting a full night sleep. There are many ways around these troubles and one can be almost as easily as meditating.
One of the ways meditating can help one get a full night sleep is by lowering the blood pressure. Meditating before going to bed can help lower one’s blood pressure through the act of controlled breathing and relaxation. When meditating, the individual’s breath is controlled and slow. This helps slow the heart rate and thus lowers the blood pressure. Having a high blood pressure can lead to several different health problems as one ages including hyper tension. Hypertension usually requires expensive medication but if one practices meditation regularly it has been shown that he or she will reduce symptoms of hypertension and keep them out of the doctor’s office.
Meditation has also been proven to reduce stress in its practitioners. By focusing on a relaxed mental state, combined with a slower breath, the individual will be able to relieve some of their stress and anxiety that may have been building throughout the day. These thoughts could be related to anything – our work, family, social interactions, all of these things place an undue stress on us. In the silent moments before one goes to sleep, these anxieties pile up and come into the forefront of our thoughts and almost become deafening. By meditating beforehand, practitioners will learn how to successfully avoid these stresses and anxieties and feel more comfortable by lights out.
The trouble with stress is that if it is not handled properly it can have severe medical troubles where the body will stop producing or distributing certain molecules to help us living healthily. Meditating will prevent that from happening by allowing our bodies a moment away from those stresses. Meditating has also proven itself to improve problem solving. By detaching from a problem through meditation, the individual will be able to come up with a better understanding of the issue and look at it as a whole to then come up with an easy solution that they may not have found out otherwise. Techniques like this will help lower anxiety and improve one’s sleep.
Meditation is a great way to improve one’s sleep and what is so great about it is that it does not need to occur at any set time. Some people prefer to meditate in the morning while some in the afternoon. Evening times work well because it relaxes the body right before bedtime but might not work with some schedules. And it is important to remember that while a one time use of meditation will possibly work to improve a night of sleep, long term practicing of meditation will create longer term benefits and improve areas of life beyond sleeping.
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. Her main interests are education and health, but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers. She currently works for the Ozmattress, a quality marketplace to look for, or to purchase a mattress online.