Having a hard time sleeping? You’re not alone. The World Health Organisation has declared a sleep loss epidemic. Sleep loss contributes to heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, obesity and decreased wellbeing. If you’re tormented by lack of sleep could mindfulness provide the answer? We investigate mindfulness and sleep and ask; Will mindfulness help me sleep?
It’s all too familiar, lying awake at night, tossing and turning to the churning of your mind raking over the minutiae of the day. It’s what the brain does and it’s great when you have a task that needs solving. Doing mode is your brain at it’s peak problem solving best. We need doing mode. It helps us to solve problems and find solutions to the conundrums of life. The problem begins when your brain uses the same mechanism for emotional issues.
As soon as you switch off, your default mode network (DMN) switches on. Perversely the DMN is at it’s most active when you’re resting. So, if something is bothering you when you hit the sack, your brain busies itself, sifting and sorting your experiences as it tries to make sense of the world and find a ‘solution’. That’s when our thinking starts to feel like overdrive, prompting the questions “Why can’t I sleep?” or “What’s wrong with me that I can’t switch off?” instantly adding another layer to your sleep loss dilemma. The answer? Shifting into being mode with mindfulness. But, will mindfulness help me sleep?
Yes, if you practice mindfulness on a regular basis. Mindfulness helps us to choose mode, to change gear and shift into being mode. Mindfulness offers us a way to train our brain and re-wire and disable the default mode when we rest. Practicing mindfulness enables you to recognise that your thoughts are just thoughts, they don’t represent reality.
A randomized controlled trial of mindfulness meditation for chronic insomnia discovered that mindfulness is an effective treatment for adults with chronic insomnia providing an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical based treatments. It seems that building mindfulness into day and your bedtime sleep hygiene routine will pay dividends.
Here are three mindfulness practices that will help you to conquer your sleeplessness.
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