June 02, 2019 3 min read
Mindfulness meditation is the practice of controlling thoughts about sensations you experience in the moment, such as emotions, breathing and physical feelings.1 This is a powerful tool that helps create the “relaxation response,” a phenomenon which describes the opposite of the stress response in the human body. In this state, you are able to heal yourself of difficulties caused by stress, such as depression, pain, a lowered immune system and poor sleep.2
Studies have shown the close tie between stress and sleep disorders, so meditation has been used as an effective practice for creating better sleep. Science has shown that mindfulness awareness practices in particular resulted in improvements in sleep quality.1,2
There isn’t just one way to reach this state of relaxation, and it is a state that can be achieved through different means for different people. All these techniques are a form of meditation that allow you to focus on the present moment:3
You may notice when you lay down to sleep and shut your eyes, your mind is racing with thoughts that seem unable to shut off. This is completely normal, and this occurrence is what mindful meditation can help with especially. Although this type of meditation can be practiced anywhere, we curated five steps for mindful meditation, combining all four types of meditation, to practice while you are in bed to help you sleep:
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