Attaining a truly restful night of sleep may be harder than you think. When we settle down and prepare for bedtime, our wandering minds can make it difficult to drift off. Luckily, there are practices like sleep meditation that can help you get the rest you need.
What Is Sleep Meditation?
Sleep meditation is the state between being awake and asleep. Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a state of consciousness like the “going-to-sleep” stage but is typically induced by a guided meditation. During yogic sleep, your body is completely relaxed, but you remain mentally aware.
The practice has been gaining popularity lately thanks to contributions from influential figures such as Deepak Chopra.
Guided sleep meditations include many different techniques you can practice. Retracing your day is a great way to start your bedtime meditation. Review your day in detail in your head, focusing on each important event for 20-30 seconds.
Gratitude meditation is another useful technique to try. It focuses on expressing gratitude for the things in your life, whether they are personal or spiritual. Retracing your day can also help you think of things to be grateful for.
Counting can help slow your mind down and filter out negative thoughts. Silently count your breaths down to ten and then start over again. Repeat until you are relaxed.
Visualizations can help shift your mental state, similar to hypnosis. With this technique, you choose something or someone as an object of focus instead of your breath. When your mind wanders just come back to the mental image.
Apps to Use
To effectively practice sleep meditation, there are a variety of apps to assist you.
Headspace is a great app for beginners that offers bedtime stories in addition to guided meditation courses.
Sleep Cycle is another handy tool you can use to track sleeping patterns and it also includes plenty of other insightful statistics.
Last but not least is Reflectly, which features a journal that can be used to help you remember ideas for gratitude meditation.
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