Your Sleep Matters.
Getting enough sleep is essential for helping a person maintain optimal health and well-being, this is according to Medical Today. Not only is sleep as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing, sleep allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information and with poor sleep, you are more prone to a weakened immune system and even mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Researcher and Psychologist Karl Peltzer and Public Health Supa Pengpid both did research and discovered that the overall prevalence of insomnia symptoms amongst 15 – to 24-year-olds is 3.5% while 20.5% of individuals 65 years and older are more prone to insomnia.
So what can you do to switch the tossing and turn it into good quality sleep? Mindful in Minutes Podcast suggests sleep meditation, adding just 10 minutes of meditation into your daily routine can not only help you fall asleep faster but also help you sleep better.
Here’s what meditation does and why it helps you sleep better:
QUIETS THE CHATTER IN THE MIND
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with your mind racing? Meditation has been proven to quiet this mental chatter, allowing you to relax and let go of those nagging thoughts.
CHANGES YOU ON A NEUROLOGICAL LEVEL
Meditation not only makes you feel better, but it changes you on a neurological level. This means you neurologically adapt to have more mental clarity and less anxiety and fear with regular meditation practice.
TEACHES YOUR BODY AND MIND TO RELAX
Meditation not only changes your mind and how you react to stressors, but it physically changes you as well and encourages you to relax. And if you’re not winning try therapy. Cognitive-behavioural therapy can help you control or eliminate negative thoughts and worries that keep you awake.
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