How Meditation Can Help You Sleep Better
If you’re struggling with your sleep there are many things you can try to improve your rest. Regular exercise (but not late at night), a bedroom free of tech and other distractions, and ditching the late-afternoon coffees are all common strategies. One thing you might not yet have tried, though, is meditation.
Coach spoke to Niraj Shah, founder of Meditation: Unlocked, for more information on how meditation can help you get some valuable shuteye.
How does meditation help sleep?
There have been a couple of studies in this area. One in particular from the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre looked at meditation and the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
What’s supposed to happen is when it gets darker our natural rhythms start producing this melatonin and it helps us to sleep. But in modern life we’re always on, using screens, working late, eating late – it messes with that melatonin production.
The study showed that melatonin levels in meditators were significantly higher than in non-meditators, but the most interesting thing about it was that it showed it was a short-term...