Insomnia simply is a chronic inability to sleep.
Read this hypothetical scenario of someone struggling to get rest:
“I have had many restless nice with only a few hours a sleep. Many night I would only get 3 or 4 hours of sleep. I had tried everything to help me sleep.I tried things like Tylenol pm.mild nerve pills and even was tested for sleep apnea and had a breathing machine to use at night for the sleep apnea.That machine made me feel as if i could not get any oxygen. Insomnia can make you crazy after awhile.
I was having a very difficult time breathing with it. I had to quit using the machine because it was so uncomfortable. I feel like I am at wits end but I don’t want to get some rest my body needs it.”
Does anything in this scenario sound familiar to you?
If so, don’t be discouraged.
A worldwide study suggests that up to 50% of the world population suffers from insomnia.
Instead of getting irritable from not sleeping, consider the first thing you must remember: the power of your mind.
You see, insomnia can be a mind thing.
Did you know?
You can actually train your mind to go without sleep.
Sometimes you can place your focus on and think about the struggles you go through everyday keeping that on your mind so much that you are unable to sleep well.
Using Meditation & Stress Management Practices to Help Insomnia
Through meditation you can learn to calm down, relax and know that getting so worked up over things cannot change things; yet, will just make things worse for you and your need to get rest.
Consider this scenario of how setting your intentions, managing stress and using mediation improves your ability to sleep better:
“Now when I come home after a exhausting day I don't let things bother me so much. I actually first started my mediation in the morning before I left and again when I get home.
In the morning I get up about 30 minutes earlier then the rest of the family so I can have time to myself.
I go into the kitchen get a book I like or a newspaper, fix me some coffee and just meditate before I have to start my hectic day.
When I come home at night I know that with my insomnia I will have another restless night so I start preparing for my night after I get supper cooked, the dishes done and kids to bed.
For my meditation at night I will first relax by listening to soothing music. I will turn on a music channel on my television and just kick back and relax. I may even get in a hot tub and sit there and let the hot water sooth me. After I get out of the tub I do not wait to go to bed. Since my body is now very relaxed I go straight to bed. I have learned by staying awake watching TV after I am so relaxed will only make it harder for me to sleep.
Since I used my meditation while listening to comforting music and relieving my tension with a hot bath I don’t do things that may trigger overstimulation or too much information that could trigger my mood to shift.
That means no TV, no news, to surfing the net, no phone calls and yes, no hopping on my social media feeds!
I turn my fan on low get under the covers take some deep relaxing breaths and go to sleep. I'm not saying that I am 100% cured and get 8 hours of sleep every night but I can say that using mediation and having practices to manage my stress and to relax me has helped me at least get a couple of extra hours of sleep then I use to.”
Keep In Mind
You have got to remember meditation is simply clearing your mind of thoughts that upset you. Once you have cleared your mind over whatever is bothering you it will be to your benefit.
Stress management is important and a great way to keep your body and mind at ease.
Here are some other stress management practices:
Creative Expression (ex: painting)
Relaxing and having stress management practices is the key to having a better day and night. So find a way of meditation that will help you relax and just enjoy your night.
You are worth it and most of all after all you do for everyone you deserve a good night’s rest!
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