Getting adequate sleep on a consistent basis is considered one of the best things you can do for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Sleep allows us to regenerate our body’s cells, clear waste from our brains, and support learning and memory retention. In fact, contrary to what we may think, our bodies and brains stay very active while we sleep, removing toxins and repairing cells; think of them as housekeepers that get to work while you rest.

Sleeping disorders usually occur as a result of a very active mind and highly stimulated nervous system. The moment your head hits the pillow, your mind begins to race through the day; suddenly you can’t help but think of how to resolve all of your interactions, loose ends, uncertainties, and issues you’re dealing with. As a result of this, you can spend hours staring at the ceiling or even if you fall asleep, you may not be able to stay asleep or sleep deeply.

With an increasing number of adults reporting that they sleep less than 7 hours a night and have trouble falling or staying asleep, meditation for sleep rather than harsh medications and treatments can be considered as a remedy. The impact of sleep deprivation creates a cycle of feeling groggy, moody, emotional, and not functioning at your best which then can cause you to feel stressed, anxious, depressed, and self-critical. In these cases, many adults use external relief such as food, prescription drugs, narcotics, psychoactive substances, alcohol, or other activities to numb and relieve their condition. Yet, in fact, sleep should be our first attempt to remedy these feelings.

How much would the world change if we all slept an adequate amount each night?

We at Meditopia want to find out. We have created Guided Sleep Meditations to help people re-train themselves how to fall asleep and stay asleep.