Meditation at Bedtime for Better Sleep

By Patricia | December 26, 2008
Yoga Poses For Deep Sleep

A late evening yoga workout that involves intense and fast moves can give you a hard time to fall asleep as you tend to become alert. The best time to practice yoga will be in the morning when you have still not eaten anything in an open garden or lawn. This is the time where you will feel more fresh and full of energy to last for your whole day activities. However if you choose to practice yoga in the evening you can do it 5 to 6 hours before your bed time. In the evening your body muscles are more flexible, so you can perform the asana more easily. Practice yoga 2 hours before or after having your meals. You cannot perform yoga after a meal, except for one asana that is Vajrasana, which actually helps you in the digestion process.

Certain form of yoga can actually help if you have problems in sleeping that is difficulty in falling asleep or difficulty in staying asleep. Try deep meditation and relaxation before going to bed if you have difficulty in falling asleep. Meditation will help relax your mind and drive away your negative thoughts. Lie down flat on your bed for 30 minutes and relax all your body parts, meditate for 30 minutes before sleeping, in lying down position. Stop all your mental conversations and give your mind rest from barrage of memories, thoughts, reactions and anxieties that might keep you awake. Meditation will teach you to focus on present moment, as most of the thoughts and anxieties are either of past or of future this aspect of meditation helps to give you deep rest. Practice complete deep breathing technique before going to bed if you have difficulties in staying asleep at night. This technique is very useful to relax your body and mind as it aims to focus on the sound and rhythm of your breathing pattern. This act will help you fall asleep before you even know it. You can practice this breathing at anytime of the day to give yourself a break in a day, to deal with stress and racing negative thoughts.

There are many other reasons for sleep problems including excessive caffeine consumption, alcohol, cigarette smoking, spicy and fatty diets, excess weight, stress, wrong pose while sleeping, excess light, un-peaceful surroundings and many more. Learn what other things keep you awake in bed at night and tackle the situation accordingly.

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