Meditation: how can it help me?

The beauty of Meditation

Can’t sleep; won’t sleep?

If you want to say sayonara to Insomnia, say hello to Meditation — because Meditation cures Insomnia and Sleeplessness.

Meditation supports those inner processes which clear and re-balance all our biological markers, bringing us refreshing, deep, natural sleep, every night of the week — and helping you wake up feeling fresh and rejuvenated every morning.

So, even if you want nothing more from Meditation than one night of the deep rest you crave, here’s the Science behind Sleep...

We ♥ The Pons

Sleep isn’t just about getting our 8 hours each night. Spending enough time in the REM stage of the sleep cycle is also essential to our mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual well-being. So the quality and depth of our sleep beats how long you spend in bed — (second) hands down.

Scientists have studied the “Sleep” brain for decades.

Located at the base of your brain is the Pons, the most important region of the Sleep brain. The Pons is the on/off switch for the REM stage of sleep, and it regulates the production and delivery of Melatonin — the main hormone associated with dreamtime.

Weakness or imbalance in this critical area will prevent you getting that deep, restful sleep you so crave. But don’t lose any sleep over this; neuroscientists at Massachusetts General have shown that regular meditation develops the Pons region too.

And if you are keen to develop your spiritual side, the Pons develops our lucid dream abilities – a psychic state we just can’t enter without sufficient time in deep-stage REM sleep.

So if you want an all-natural, super effective way of sleeping like a baby every night, meditation is your go-to dream (and zzz’s) catcher.

Melatonin

Meditation cures sleeping problems and boosts Melatonin, a powerful hormone essential to the process of falling (and staying) asleep.

Manufactured in the brain, Melatonin levels peak quite cleverly just before bedtime which, when all other things are equal, helps us to a night of deep, restful sleep.

But Melatonin’s arch-enemy is stress. Stress inhibits your natural sleep cycle, and low Melatonin levels from ongoing stress can create all kinds of mental, physical and emotional problems.

The good news is that meditation boosts your Melatonin levels in an effective and completely natural way. Rutgers University researchers discovered that meditators boosted their Melatonin levels by an average of 98%, and more experienced meditators increased their levels by a jaw-dropping 300%!

So boosting your Melatonin naturally through meditation (rather than by taking supplements or prescription drugs), is the best way to have a refreshing night’s sleep... all night, every night.

Brainwaves

Those of us who have ever spent the wee small hours counting sheep have an excess of Beta brainwaves, those brainwave patterns present when we are anxious and/or depressed.

The negative thoughts that come with being unable to to sleep get more intense as the night wears on and you’re still awake. The trouble is, the more we fret, the more of those nasty Beta brainwaves kick off – and just as we finally slip off, the alarm clock goes off and it’s time to get up and out and into Beta Max again.

Studies show that those meditators who reach the deepest states of meditation have far fewer Beta brainwaves and much higher levels of Alpha, Theta and Delta brainwaves.

The calm we derive from meditation (because we are accessing the more pleasurable Alpha to Theta and Delta brainwaves) directly cancels out the affects of those more dominant insomnia-inducing Beta brainwaves, enabling you get the rest you need and awakening the next morning refreshed and ready for whatever life throws at you.

If you want to sleep like a log, naturally, then Meditation is exactly what you’re looking for!

Being in the moment

At some time, we’ve all crawled under the duvet with a never-ending mental to-do list and irksome life problems spiralling in our thoughts.

Well, in the short term, a few hours sleep lost here or there is perfectly natural and normal. However, in the long term, sleep deprivation can leave you feeling (and looking!) awful whilst sapping your health and normal energy levels (as deep, restful sleep is vital for optimal health).

But regular meditation does a miraculous thing. By teaching us how to be in the present moment, the focus and thought awareness we learn helps our brains accept that day is done, gone the sun; that tomorrow is another day, and for now, all that it needs to do is rest.

So an awareness of NOW, what your body is feeling and how scattered thoughts affect you in the moment is the single most effective, natural way to calm your mind and (finally!) get to sleep.

This “mindfulness” is the easiest way to establish a ready-for-sleep brain, returning you to your factory settings and making a deep, restful night of shuteye your default mode.

Sleep problems? What sleep problems...

Posted by Sarah-Jane Quick

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