Less stress = better sleep

Insomnia symptoms include the inability to fall asleep, to stay asleep, to concentrate and function in daily activities. Statistics show that insomnia is a major problem in the Western societies, with as much as 25% of  adults reporting regular occurrences of sleep deprivation. Talking with many people each week interested in the benefits of meditation over the last 20 years I can say at least half state they have difficulty sleeping and that it is stress induced insomnia.

I’m also happy to share that improved sleep is the first benefit noticed on every course and usually by more than one student, when you learn to meditate with me. Even chronic difficulty falls asleep and multiple waking during the wee hours I see resolve each and every week!

Sleep is essential for our well being and transcending is a natural technique, our bodies given then deep rest of this type of meditation, dissolve stress and tension leaving you ready for a solid nights sleep after 1-2 days practice, yes its that fast!

How can meditation improve sleep?

If the technique drops cortisol significantly you are on a winner! Cortisol is the ‘stress hormone’ it stimulates your mind to think, and no matter h0w comfy your bed, it if your mind is stimulated by cortisol you cant settle down to sleep.

We have all heard that we need to turn off bright white lights and blue light emitting screens at least 90 mis prior to bedtime. This is to allow the production of melatonin to begin. We need melatonin levels to increase to settle into sleep, taking melatonin isn’t a complete answer. Maybe you try it for a short term fix, but if your levels are naturally too low, adding supplementation isn’t going to encourage your body to make more melatonin.

My advise is “the sleepless should also seriously consider taking up regular meditation practice that balances cortisol. That means a practice which is effortlessly easy, natural, includes no technology, listening concentration, esp no strong breathing thechniques-this increases cortisol. Exposure to cold, stimulation, or increasing upward flow in the body, as all these effects contribute to poor sleep.” says Suzanne Edwards a teacher in Melbourne. Suzanne runs free introductory talks on several times a week, explaining how certain types of meditation actually re set your nervous system creating the balanced chemicals necessary to attain good quality sleep.

Sleep like a babe when you learn to meditate with Suzanne

What are people saying about meditation and Insomnia?

“Practicing meditation can help you drift away from your internal critic, which is the voice in your head that leaves you anxious and stressed. Moreover, freedom from constant inner-chatter and ramblings can have a profound healing influence on your mind, leaving you deeply rested and relaxed.”
– Bridgetta
“I notice that even though my sleep patterns are never great (Thank you, Multiple Sclerosis!), when I am meditating regularly I sleep more deeply than when I’m not. The 20 minutes twice a day that I spend meditating results in lasting effects of inner peace, less stress, and truly restful sleep. Thank you Suzanne”
– Rennie, former teacher suffering from Multiple Sclerosis induced insomnia

“My sleep is better, my thinking clearer in just 1 week. Very happy, I got better result than expected-thank you Suzanne.”
– Brett D