Meditation Techniques for Insomnia

Having difficulty sleeping is a common problem worldwide. We know how important sleep is for our overall health. Some people choose to incorporate meditation into their lives in hopes of improving their sleep naturally. Meditation is a useful practice that’s benefited many people. Here are some effective techniques to try.

What Is Meditation?

While meditation is harmless for most, it should be noted that it may be triggering for individuals suffering from mental illness.

Mindfulness Meditation

  1. Remove environmental distractions.
  2. Lie down comfortably.
  3. Focus on your breathing.
  4. Inhale for 10 seconds, hold for 10 seconds, exhale for 10 seconds. Repeat this five times.
  5. As you breathe, consciously relax any areas of tightness you feel.
  6. Allow any thought that arises to pass. Return focus onto breathing.

Guided Meditation

  1. Choose a recording that works for you. Make sure to dim your device’s lights.
  2. Start the recording and get into a comfortable position.
  3. Focus on the recording and follow any directions given.

Body Scan Meditation

  1. Remove environmental distractions.
  2. Lie down comfortably.
  3. Focus on your face and jaw. Relax the muscles.
  4. Relax the neck and shoulders.
  5. Move down to your arms, fingers, torso, back, and down all the way to your toes.
  6. If your mind wanders, bring focus back to consciously relaxing.

Originally published at http://johnkaweske.org.

John Kaweske is a Colorado Springs-based entrepreneur focused on sustainability, biotechnology, and renewable energy. http://johnkaweske.org