Meditation and mindfulness again help us achieve relaxation and sleep. I’ve been sleeping even in the midst of a hard-core drug withdrawal with the help of meditation and amino acids. I don’t know anyone in my stage of withdrawal besides myself who sleeps well. Granted I still feel like shit, but I do sleep and that’s gotta be good for something. I do meditate daily.
Changing bad sleep habits and clearing the mind with meditation may offer drug-free alternatives to traditional insomnia treatments.
Two new studies suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy to change people’s attitudes and actions about sleep and using meditation to encourage relaxation can help insomniacs get a better night’s sleep without pills.
Researchers say that contrary to popular belief, insomnia is not a nighttime-only affliction but a 24-hour problem of hyperarousal. By teaching people how to relax and clear their minds during the day, they sleep better at night.
“Results of the study show that teaching deep relaxation techniques during the daytime can help improve sleep at night,” says researcher Ramadevi Gourineni, MD, director of the insomnia program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, in a news release. (read the rest)