‘I can’t sleep,’ was a nightly occurrence for me.
The moment those three little words appeared out of the smokescreen; I knew I was doomed.
If you’re me six years ago…
- read a book
- tried to visualise sheep, or a beach
- drunk three cups of chamomile
- cursed the universe and cried, “why me?!”
- And are now a complex mix of fury, bitterness and resignation.
Now about 7.4 million Australians (about four in 10 adults) are suffering from sleep deprivation.
Which is crazy, considering Harvard Medical found, “The negative effects of sleep deprivation are so great that people who are drunk outperform those lacking sleep.”
That’s a lot of drunk people.
And for years, I was one of them.
Until I stumbled upon meditation and turned my upside-down life around.
Now let me level with you.
There is tremendous buzz about meditation as a cure-all for insomnia, anxiety, chronic pain, depression and more – and it can cure these issues.
But only if exercised with consistency, and especially when practiced in conjunction with nutrition and exercise.
Countless studies show meditation is changing the way people eat, sleep and relate to the world.
JAMA Internal Medicine found the effects of mindfulness meditation vs. sleep hygiene education SIGNIFICANTLY improved sleep quality, as well as secondary symptoms like depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
The reason it’s so effective is because what keeps us up is our racing thoughts…
What keeps us anxious is all the energy we’re pouring into the possible catastrophes of the future!
When we un-attach from those thoughts, or let them go, and return to the present moment… we let the anxiety pass, rather than adding fuel to the fire.
Yes, it’s that simple 😊
Here’s an awesome technique to get you a good night’s sleep:
- Lie down in bed comfortably.
- Inhale for 4 counts, breathe deep in through the nose and into the diaphragm, letting the belly balloon.
- Hold for 7 counts at the top.
- Release for 8 counts out through the mouth.
- Repeat this 10 times.
- Observe the natural breath. Your mind will begin to wander. Don’t engage with your thoughts, but don’t crack the whip either. Just gently steer them back to your breath.
- Do this until you fall asleep, but don’t expect to fall asleep… That’s the trick. Just keep returning to your breath with no expectation.
- Practice this for ten-fifteen minutes per night.
And remember – Just like when you first start a new gym regime…
Your sleeping patterns won’t change overnight.
With sustained, consistent practice – you’ll rewire the old behaviours and thought patterns.
Your neurons will fire differently.
And (praise the lord), you won’t have to suffer the secondary symptoms of sleep deprivation in your waking life anymore.
Let me know when this works for you, and if you’d like any more tips!
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Love and light, Karma Fam