Are you someone who falls into a peaceful slumber as soon as your head hits the pillow? Yeah, me neither. Check out a free guided meditation for sleep for people like us.
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Oh sleep. You don’t come easily to me. I am not one of those people whose head hits their pillow and they are out. I need a good hour to unwind before I go to bed and even then it takes me a while to fall asleep.
My husband is one of the lucky ones when it comes to the sleep department. We could be talking about money or politics right before bed and he can stop talking, peacefully roll over and fall asleep. I could be talking about kittens and I could still get riled up before bed.
I need near perfect conditions. Dark, cool room. Quiet, or if not then white noise. Dim lights before bed, limiting screen time. Blah blah, I do it all. Or I try to because that’s my best chance at good sleep.
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Meditation for sleep for kids would have been helpful
I’ve always been like this, it’s nothing new. I had a hard time sleeping as a child. There were interesting things possibly happening, I didn’t want to miss any of them.
One of my earliest memories is of sleep, or rather not sleeping. I was little and trying to fall asleep in my bed but it wasn’t working. Suddenly the tempting aroma of hot buttered popcorn started wafting up from downstairs. Naturally I had to go down to check it out. My parents thought they could enjoy a movie and popcorn date at home after the kids went to bed. In my kid mind I was sure they just forgot to invite me. Adults make mistakes too you know.
I was escorted back upstairs without any popcorn, and tried to settle down. It took me an extra long time to fall asleep that night.
Meditation For Sleep
Many women suffer from insomnia when they’re pregnant but I had some of the best sleeps of my life while I was carrying Squish. I miss that passed-out, deep, didn’t-even-notice-when-you-came-to-bed (sorry husband) sleep that I was blessed with for months.
Since I am back to my regular non-pregnant sleeping self, sometimes I need help unwinding. On several occasions I have turned to a guided meditation for sleep. Although I sometimes do non-guided meditations too I am a big fan of the guide. When you’re having insomnia, there is a good chance that your mind is over-active. Listening to a guided sleep meditation can be a great anchor to your runaway thoughts.
I included different lengths of time for these meditations for sleep. Sometimes a short 10 minute listen is what you need; other times you might need a long guided meditation (been there!) So get a blanket, lie down and get comfortable.
If you missed the other installments in this series of free guided meditations, check out:
- 10 Free Guided Meditations for Healing
- 10 Free Guided Meditations for Pain Relief
- 10 Free Guided Meditations for Pregnancy
Free Guided Meditation for Sleep
- 14 minutes
- 22 minutes
- 30 minutes
- 43 minutes
- 30 minutes
- 30 minutes
- 1 hour
- 1 hour 2 minutes
- 58 minutes
- 40 minutes
Mindfulness meditation for sleep resource:
This sleep program was created by Richard Miller, and he has taught it to people from active duty soldiers to longtime yoga teachers with amazing results each time. It draws from current research in neuroscience—leveraging new ways to heal your brain and nervous system during practice. Find out more about this life-changing sleep program here.
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Have you ever tried meditation for sleep?