Falling asleep using meditation

Cat sleeping on bench

As someone whose job it is to constantly think for a living, I sometimes find it hard to shut my brain off at the end of the day. I wouldn’t necessarily call it insomnia or anything, but depending on how my job went that day, or if I had a particularly stimulating conversation, it can be hard for me to fall asleep due to my busy mind. 

After much experimenting, I’ve found that one of the most effective ways for me to find some peace when my head is buzzing is to meditate. A lot of people tend to use meditation for a variety of reasons like bringing clarity or focus into their lives and it is great for that. What people may not know is that it can also be a great way to divert your mind from all the things that are constantly nagging at you, especially in moment (like falling asleep) where it’s really not beneficial to you to have those thoughts floating around all the time.

I use an app called Headspace for my sleep meditation. My workplace is awesome and provides free Headspace memberships for all of its employees, which has been one of the Silicon Valley tech company perks I’m most grateful for 🙏. They recently released a new series of sleep meditation audio guides which provide both a coach and some background ambiance that makes it way easier to wind down at the end of the day.

Here’s an example of what the beginning of an audio guide sounds like:

Peaceful, right? Great way to focus your mind. ☺️

After some Googling, it seems like it could be something called delayed sleep phase syndrome:

Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is a disorder in which a person’s sleep is delayed by 2 or more hours beyond the socially acceptable or conventional bedtime. This delay in falling asleep causes difficulty in waking up at the desired time.

Cleveland Clinic

Geez, having it be classified as a “syndrome” makes it sound a lot more serious and scary than it actually feels 🙀. Seems like this is most common in adolescents and teenagers who generally describe themselves as “night owls.” This was definitely me back in the day and apparently has continued into adulthood.

Anyway, if this sounds familiar to you too, I’d highly recommend trying a program like this out and seeing if it works for you. Headspace is my favorite and something that I have free access to, but if you don’t, there are a ton of free guided meditations on YouTube that you can listen to also.

Happy sleeping! 😴

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