There used to be a time when “early to bed early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy, and wise” was actually in practice. However, today it is replaced with “late to bed late to rise feeds your FOMO an enormous size”. We are in a race and the to-do lists take over our mental peace. Without a stable psychological health, it gets close to impossible to have a good night’s sleep.
Our sleep’s health decides how the immediate day that follows is going to be. It is common to feel lousy, low on energy, struggling with creative jobs, and getting irritated easily when the sleep pattern gets distorted. But here is the key to all our sleep troubles, meditation. Let’s find out how.
‘Mindfulness meditation’ is one such practice that can prove to be a panacea for your sleep disorder. The practice involves focusing on the breathing and being present at the moment. It sounds simple, but to practice it is a herculean task. It invokes ‘relaxation response’ that can help release many stress-related ailments, including depression and high BP.
So how to do it?
Move 1. Chanting a long OM, or a short one-liner Sanskrit mantra, a prayer, powerful words, or a calming phrase (I am in the present) repeatedly can prove beneficial. Repeat it aloud or silently as you please or as your environment allows.
Move 2. Do not worry if your mind wanders because that is sure to happen until the day you master the art. But till that day arrives, stick to the process and bring your concentration back to your breathing by chanting the mantra a little aloud.
You may also choose ‘transcendental meditation’ wherein you concentrate using musical patterns. Ideally one must practice meditation for 20 minutes to reap benefits.