How to Use Meditation to Get to Sleep Faster
Three Tips for Getting a Full Night's Sleep
by Kathleen Lisson
A full 8-9 hours of restful rejuvenating sleep is a key part of wellness and the only way I can train hard in the morning and then work a full day. The hard part: disconnecting from technology and getting to sleep in the first place.
I have been married for a few years and my husband and I are still working out bedtime rules we can both follow. Turning off electronics a half hour before bedtime and tucking ourselves in at least 8 hours before the morning alarm is set is key to making sure that our tomorrows will be as productive as possible. For me, a busy day filled with emotion almost guarantees tossing and turning after the lights are turned off unless I practice my favorite sleepy-time meditation. My choice: a mantra meditation that lets me focus on well wishes to relieve all being’s suffering. Another meditation practice called body scan has great results for many meditators I have spoken to. I can completely relax and let go when I am totally focused on repeating my mantra in my head.
What's the Difference Between Regular Meditation and Meditation for Sleep?
The difference: in my morning meditation I am sitting and focused on staying alert and in the present moment. In the evening, I am settled comfotably in bed and the focus is on being absorbed in the mantra.
Kathleen’s Bedtime Rules:
- Turn off electronics a half hour before bedtime
- Tuck yourself in at least 8 hours before the morning alarm
- If anxiety is ruining your sleep, end the day with a Mantra Meditation or Body Scan
Kathleen Lisson is a certified Meditation Teacher and Labyrinth Facilitator and teaches Meditation and Mindfulness at IPSB college in San Diego. Sign up for a private meditation lesson or labyrinth walk in the comfort of your home here: https://www.massagebook.com/San_Diego~Massage~sandiego?src=external