Meditation for Insomnia

by Cherie Miranda on May 6, 2012

Insomnia is a condition affecting more than 1.5 million Americans every year, according to a 2006 national analysis conducted by the National Institutes of Health. While I don’t have statistics for other countries, I am relatively certain that today’s stressful times have people worldwide suffering from sleepless nights.

If you’re struggling with insomnia, you already know how difficult it is to get through a day on just a couple of hours sleep. You likely feel not only tired but perhaps disoriented, “spaced out,” disconnected, foggy headed, and maybe even dizzy. Chances are you aren’t making good decisions (if you can even make them at all), and it’s likely that your brain isn’t working as well as it should when it comes to problem solving and other day to day activities. Your physical energy is low, and you just don’t feel like yourself.

But did you know that lack of sleep contributes to a number of other health problems and diseases? Obesity is a big one. If you’re having trouble losing weight, take a look at your sleep habits. Getting enough quality sleep is key to maintaining proper weight.

According to an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola, some of the other consequences of too little sleep are:

  • High blood sugar levels and an increased risk of diabetes
  • Accelerated aging
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Depression
  • Increased risk of cancer

Insomnia can also exacerbate certain diseases and conditions, including:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Gastrointestinal tract disorders
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Behavioral problems in children

Dr. Mercola also states, “According to another study, people with chronic insomnia also have a three times greater risk of dying from any cause.  Sleep deprivation can even cause changes in your brain activity similar to those experienced by people with psychiatric disorders, and your body does most of its repairs during sleep, so not getting enough of it can impair your immune system, leaving you less able to fight off diseases of ALL kinds.”

To read Dr. Mercola’s entire article, click here: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/06/18/a-third-of-americans-dont-sleep-7-hours.aspx.

Drugs aren’t the answer to insomnia. In fact, drugs really aren’t the answer to almost any disease, in my non-medical opinion. (Remember, I’m not a medical professional, and I’m not giving medical advice. I’m stating an opinion.) Drug induced sleep isn’t natural sleep, and it won’t keep you healthy over the long term.

The good news is that meditation can help with insomnia. An article published in US News and World Report details a study in which researchers divided participants with insomnia into two groups. One group practiced meditation. The other group received information on improving health through nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and stress management but did not meditate.

“After two months, the meditation group reported improvements in sleep quality, how long it took to get to sleep, total sleep time, total wake time, sleep efficiency and depression, the researchers reported.”

To read more about the study, you can go here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/sleep/articles/2009/06/09/meditation-may-help-put-primary-insomnia-to-bed.

Yet another wonderful reason to incorporate meditation into your life!

Enjoy, and happy meditating!

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Michael D Walker May 6, 2012 at 10:54 pm

I’ve known a number of people who’ve had trouble with chronic fatigue syndrome (including myself) due to having problems getting enough sleep. So, it’s encouraging to see studies proving that meditation can be helpful in dealing with insomnia.

Michael

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Start Living An Abundant And Healthy Life May 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

It’s great to learn yet another benefit of the powers of meditation. I would have to guess that the numbers from the 2006 study on insomnia by The National Institutes of Health are probably doubled or tripled today.

Yours In Health!

G.E. Moon II
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Clare Delaney May 7, 2012 at 11:01 am

As someone who used to suffer from indomnia, I was astonished and disturbed to see how bad the effects can be. Good to know that this is yet something else that meditation can help with.

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Lyle R. Johnson: The Sales Wizard & Mentor May 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

Thanks, I am working on being able to get a full night’s sleep … fighting withdrawal from Ambien.

Lyle R. Johnson

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The Meaning Of Body Language May 7, 2012 at 11:55 am

Cherie,
I think this is the best application of meditation. Worksgreat (at least for me). Onr easy tip: never struggle with not being able to fall asleep, just be ok with it and connect. Ask questions and go deeper into the insomnia. Little by little it will like you back and let go…

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Eva Palmer May 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I did not know that insomia could cause so many other disorders.
I remember a few months ago I had a little bit of insomnia for about 4-5 days. After that I thought: enough! and I looked for help! After a couple of sessions I was just fine and sleeping well again.

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Kevin Hogan May 7, 2012 at 2:09 pm

That is amazing that meditation can help with insomnia, and that results were achieved so quickly!

Mark Hogan

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How To Stop Being The Average American May 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Hopefully insomniacs won’t let the 2 month treatment time stop them. We are a society of quick fixes that aren’t always good for us. Meditation is natural and beneficial.

Yours In Health!

Dr. Wendy

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Sonya Lenzo May 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

This has to be very encouraging news for so many people who struggle with insomnia.
Sonya Lenzo

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