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Does meditation help you sleep?

By Elle Lennon

Whilst meditation is an uber-current lifestyle/wellness trend, It's actually been around for thousands of years, and can help improve both physical & mental health.

Forty-two percent of millennials have meditated at least once in the past year, and it’s constantly being promoted by celebrities and health gurus alike.

Meditation among the stars 

In her recent interview with Vogue, Karlie Kloss was asked what made her feel confident - to which part of her reply was “I meditate and I try – even with all the crazy travel – to eat food that fuels me and workout to really feel the strongest that I can. I love the Headspace app. We all live these modern, busy lives, so finding ways to take care of yourself is so important”.

She's not the only celeb who has made meditation a part of their daily life. Bad-boy turned spiritual icon Russell Brand gave a deeper insight into what meditation means to him  “I have always lived in my mind. We all live in our minds and we have allowed them to become poorly tended. Meditation is a way of cultivating the environment in which I spend all my time,” Russell Brand explains.

Both are a pretty accurate summary of wellness in general - being mindful of what you’re doing, and making choices that result in a healthier and more fulfilling life.

How can meditation help sleep?

Besides reducing stress, increasing happiness and improving concentration, meditation can also help fight insomnia and improve sleep.

At any given time 30% of people have difficulty sleeping which can be caused by stress either from an overactive mind or specific emotional factors. We know that there are strong links between sleeping mental health with poor sleep leading to mental health problems and vice versa.

In a day, we have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts and whilst we can’t control all the thoughts we have, we can control the way we respond and react to them. When you meditate you train your mind to distinguish thoughts and emotions more clearly and turn negative reactions into calm self aware responses.  

With all the potential positives, we thought we’d give it a try! Chris, one of the team here at Sid, has been on a bit of a mission to improve his sleep quality. With a year’s worth of sleep tracking data in an app, we asked Chris to meditate before bed each night to see how it affected his sleep quality.

“I used the Calm app for my meditation, and started off with the 7 days of calm - a daily 10 minute meditation. I thought I’d do this just before bed to help me chill out, especially after the stress of taking two kids to bed!

I found meditating difficult at first, as you’re supposed to focus on your breathing and try to block out all of your other thoughts...which is really hard. You often just find yourself drifting off into thought before you know it. But after a few days you kind of train yourself to block it out.

So to cut to the chase, I tried meditating for a full month and it definitely improves your sleep, or at least it makes you think it does! I woke up feeling like I’d had a deeper sleep, and felt better during the day. The only recommendation I’d have, is to try standard meditation rather than the ‘sleep’ meditation (which makes you lie down)...because funnily enough, it sends you to sleep! Which meant I was waking up at 1am with my headphones still in and glasses still on my face…”

If you're committed to improving your sleep, why not get a new meditation partner and meet Sid.

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