It's a terrible feeling. The one that makes you want to tear your hair out. You're tucked in, cozy as ever, the room temperature is just perfect, the lights are dimmed low ... but you just can't seem to sleep! You know you have to, you even want to, but you simply can't! Nothing is more frustrating than that feeling. Many people experience this and end up groggy and lethargic during the day. Fortunately, there are some good meditation techniques that can help tremendously in this regard. The meditation techniques in this article will ensure that you sleep like a baby!
Effective Meditation Techniques for Sleep
One of the simplest and most effective techniques is using meditation music. Sleep comes easily if you listen to soft, soothing music just before going to bed. While listening to this soft music, perform simple breathing exercises to bring your breathing to a stable rhythm. This is great for stress relief and to make you calm and relaxed. That's all you need to fall asleep.
This technique involves your imagination. Get into a comfortable position on your favorite couch or your bed. Once you're comfortable, do a slow breathing exercise to relax yourself. A relaxed mind, devoid of thoughts, is capable of vivid imagination. So clear your mind and picture yourself in a place which represents peace and quiet to you. Continue to imagine yourself in this place, doing any activity that keeps you calm. This can surely help you to fall asleep.
This technique can involve another person as a guide too. This person can guide you through your journey to this peaceful place. But remember, the place that you imagine should be your own idea. Choosing to be in a place that someone else is imagining will not serve any purpose because what's peaceful to one may not be to another.
This technique requires a fair amount of concentration. Get in a relaxed position, wherever you are. Close your eyes, and sense each and every part of your body. Move from head to toe. While doing this, feel the blood coursing through your veins in all the parts. You will be able to feel a tingling sensation in every part that your mind is picturing. Once your entire body has been scanned by your mind, open your eyes. You will definitely be relaxed and will sleep well at night.
Muscle Contraction and Relaxation
This is one of the simplest, yet effective techniques for sleep. This is how you do it: begin at your toes, squeeze them for about ten seconds and then release them. Feel the sensation. Repeat this technique, moving upwards in your body, alternatively squeezing and relaxing the muscles. This method increases and improves blood circulation and also makes you unwind from the daily stress that you feel.
These were some meditation techniques that will help you relax and drift off to sleep. Just try one of them tonight and see how refreshed you feel tomorrow morning. Go on, *yawn, sigh, zzzzzzz.....*