Meditation Can Help You Sleep Well Once Again Without Medication

December 11, 2017

Staying up one night to finish a project or partying a whole night is very different from not being able to fall asleep at a fixed time every day. When the lack of sleep keeps you up day after day, makes you feel tired and lethargic the next day, and interferes with your daily work, it does not remain a passing phase anymore. Insomnia is a term we hear more frequently and even from kids.

Insomnia can start for various reasons including:

  • Too much use of electronic devices and gadgets
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Drinking too much caffeine after the evening
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • Poor diet choices and food with too little nutritional value
  • Depression, stress, and anxiety

Sometimes different medications for ADHD, depression, and hypothyroidism can also induce a lack of sleep. It is not just a lifestyle disease, scientists have also found the involvement of genetic factors in the absence of proper sleeping habits.

While many people resort to strong sedatives after days of not sleeping correctly, meditation when your sleeping is difficult often helps in falling asleep on time. In fact, meditation helps to induce sound sleep that rejuvenates and refreshes. Possibly the best effect of meditation is the lack of any adverse side-effects. Meditation can also increase concentration, stimulate the frontal cortex and balance emotions.

Meditation has many positive effects on our lives. It is a brilliant want to change your life for the better.

  1. Meditation helps to increase the REM phase: REM or Random Eye Motion phase of sleep is the most restorative stage of sleep. If you are feeling tired after waking up every day, you are likely not getting enough REM sleep. Medication can help with that, but most sedatives leave an effect the next day. Medicines can keep you feeling woozy, lethargic and dizzy the next day, which is no better than the lack of sleep. Meditation induces more alpha and theta wave generation in the brain that facilitates relaxing sleep.
  2. An increase in Melatonin levels: Like every other function inside our body, hormones control how you sleep and how long you sleep. Melatonin is the hormone that is responsible for regulation of sleep patterns and quality. It should be highest during bedtime. It is an integral part of the circadian system.

People who suffer from insomnia lack a regular periodic increase and decrease of melatonin. Meditation can increase the levels of melatonin. Daily practice of meditation can regulate the levels of the “sleep hormone” during the right times.

  • Vibe with sleep: Meditation helps to decrease the beta brain wave activity and increases the alpha, delta and theta waves. They can induce deep sleep. An increase is beta brainwaves often relates to growing nightmares, unpleasant discomfort during sleep, unexplained awakening from deep sleep and the lack of sleep.

Meditation helps you relax, push out the negative emotions and get rid of anxiety. It takes care of all the primary causes of insomnia for you.

The advancement of medicines has been helping people find sleep, but not without consequences. Mediation is the only natural way that can help you fall asleep like a baby once again, without any kind of contraindications.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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