Meditation for Sleep and Insomnia
By Madhusudhan Tammisetti
You have probably suffered from insomnia or trouble getting quality sleep at some point in your life. National Sleep Foundation reports up to 40 percent of adults have sleep depravity, and up to 15 percent have chronic insomnia.
You know what it looks like if you don't get enough sleep. You may feel lethargic the next day, have difficulty concentrating, and lack energy. But do you know that sleeplessness may have more severe health implications?
Chronic insomnia may increase the risk for multiple medical problems, such as stroke, high blood pressure, cardiac failure, and a poor immune system that may render you prone to disease. It places you at higher risk for mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Your memory and judgment may be impaired by insomnia. It may also shorten your life.
Causes of Insomnia
Insomnia is caused due to various reasons. It may be caused due to a medical disorder, psychiatric disorders, anxiety, stress, or just a lifestyle.
Medical disorders may include allergies, stomach, digestive disorders, constant fatigue, lower back pain, and respiratory difficulties. You may have to consult your doctor if you have any of these issues or believe that some medical disorder might keep you awake.
Psychological conditions are general causes of insomnia, especially depression. Depression contributes to mood fluctuations that may disrupt hormones' balance, which may lead to sleeping problems. Studies have also found that depression may become worse with insomnia.
Meditation helps in fighting depression. Some studies have shown meditation to be as effective as antidepressants.
Stress and anxiety are recurrent sources of insomnia. You dwell about the past always and fret over the future. Often, your responsibilities may make you feel stressed out and exhausted. And it's just that the overstimulated mind occasionally keeps you awake.
In some people, the main reason for insomnia is their hectic lifestyle. Some people have to work in shifts, making it impossible to follow a regular sleep schedule or get enough sleep. Still, when they go to bed, they don't get enough time to unwind.
How Meditation May Help Fight Insomnia
Meditation may help in lowering the stress and anxiety levels and may aid in getting quality sleep. The way it functions is straightforward. Meditation helps relax your emotions, and you reduce the feelings linked with certain thoughts by calming your mind.
A series of thoughts may be created from some sensory stimuli, and if the day is packed with events and noise, then the mind is overstimulated. Meditation may be able to calm your mind that's bombarded with thoughts. It may help reduce things that overstimulate your mind, such as excessive background noise or doing too many activities.
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