Meditation for Insomnia

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Meditation techniques for insomnia and other sleep problems can break the cycle of poor sleep patterning by working deeply at the level of the nervous system, soothing  daily stresses and preventing overstimulation of the mind. Sleep meditation techniques can lengthen our deep sleep cycles, increase our sleep efficiency and increase total sleep time in those of us who aren’t getting enough shut-eye.

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  • The problem

    Modern day-to-day life exposes our nervous systems to a vast amount of stimulation. From staring at TVs, computer screens and smartphones all day, to the artificial light at night; from fast-paced movies and hectic work environments to the whirl of the social calendar; and the caffeine fixes that help get us through the day.

    Our nervous systems are being bombarded; from an evolutionary standpoint, we just haven’t adapted to modern life. 

    This tends to trigger a chronic level of background stress in us all. And if we exacerbate the issue with additional burdens and agitators, then the result will often be a poor night’s sleep.

    When we lie down to sleep, the brain detects our horizontal status, goes into rest and repair mode and desperately tries to unload some of the overstimulation.

    The by-product of this process is the all too familiar whirring mind and we either can’t sleep from the get-go, or we wake up at 2 am with an uncomfortable level of thinking racing through the noodle! Either way, we end up with a sleep deficit.

    At the same time, this stress creates high levels of activity in the amygdala which send lots of anxiety-inducing neurotransmitters racing around our system, particularly between the hours of 2am, and 6am. 

    When we can’t sleep or escape the nervous tension we sometimes feel we are left depleted of all energy by morning and dreading the day ahead.

  • How it affects you

    There are four different sleep cycles that we experience, each varying in depth, length and time of occurrence:

    REM. ‘Rapid eye movement’ (REM) sleep first occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep and recurs about every 90 minutes, getting longer later in the night. This stage makes sense of emotional information.

    Stage 1. This is a stage of sleep that usually occurs between sleep and wakefulness and sometimes occurs between periods of deeper sleep and periods of REM.

    Stage 2. In this stage, theta activity is observed, and sleepers become gradually harder to awaken. The alpha waves of the previous stage are interrupted by abrupt activity. This stage helps motor tasks during the day.

    Stage 3. This stage is called slow-wave sleep or deep sleep. Slow-wave sleep is thought to be the most restful form of sleep; the phase which most relieves feelings of tiredness, improves memory function, and restores the body.

    The brain is incredibly energy intensive. While only representing 3% of our body mass, the brain uses approximately 25% of our daily energy supplies. It’s vital for slow-wave to replenish its lost energy, otherwise we are left drained and foggy-brained.

    Each of the different sleep stages consolidates various bits of information. To be a fully functional healthy human being, it’s essential that we experience all four.

    In addition, during sound sleep, we turn off the production of the stress steroid hormones known as glucocorticoids. This is one of the reasons why not getting enough sleep can make us more susceptible to feeling stressed. We end up with an excess of steroid hormones floating around our system. Growth hormone and sex hormone production also diminish when we lose sleep.

    Put simply; without decent sleep, we can’t hope to function at our optimum capacity.

  • How can Beeja help?

    Beeja meditation for insomnia can break the cycle of poor sleep patterning by working deep at the level of the nervous system, cleaning out all of the noise, stimulation and daily stresses.

    This sleep meditation technique lengthens our deep sleep cycles, increases our sleep efficiency and increases total sleep time in those of us who aren’t getting enough shut-eye.

    Our neurons are no longer over-excited, and consequently, when we lay our head down, it is carefree and ready to descend into a relaxing night of slumber.

    Vedic style meditation has been shown to result in a 42% reduction of sleep disorders. So far, our record for Beeja meditation is much closer to 100%. In addition to regular forms of insomnia, we have also had successes with sleep apnoea, narcolepsy and night terrors.

    One of the reasons why Beeja meditation for insomnia is so effective is because it accesses the slow-wave segment of the sleep cycle where energy is restored. 

    Without meditation, the body takes a considerable time to reach deep sleep in our usual cycle of sleep. Meditation with Beeja, however, will get you to an even deeper state than this in just a matter of minutes, allowing you to reboot and recharge in a very short amount of time.

    After our morning meditation, we feel whole again and ready for the demands of the day, even if we have only had two or three hours rest.

    And as time goes on, Beeja meditation will change the way you sleep for the better.

    Beeja meditators develop different and more beneficial brain-wave activity during sleep, improving sleep quality and ensuring that they require a shorter recovery time from any sleep deprivation that may come from living a full life.

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  • Reviews

    Sharon Kenyon, Lawyer (check her actual profession!)

    “I’ve struggled with sleep my whole life to varying degrees, and I can say wholeheartedly that in the last year (since I started meditating) I have never slept better.” 

    Emmanuelle, Life Coach

    “Always on the go, juggling work, exercise, social events, travels and I have been suffering from on and off insomnia for years. I reached a point when I was feeling exhausted. After a week of meditating twice a day, I was sleeping like a log! I couldn’t believe it!” 

    Dudley, Sales and Marketing Director

    “For as long as I can remember I have had trouble sleeping. Struggling to get off to sleep, always waking up several times through the night, and the sleep I did get was very shallow. Since the very first night after just two meditations, I have slept deeply and continuously every night, and the stress in my shoulders has disappeared. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this.”

    Will, Beeja Founder

    “It was leaving me so tired and frustrated. I had tried everything under the sun to try and alleviate it, but nothing seemed to work. When a friend told me about Vedic meditation, I thought I had nothing to lose. Within days I was sleeping more soundly. It was wonderful to feel that even when I had a poor night’s rest, I could simply wipe the slate clean with a twenty-minute refresher when the sun was up. I found it so liberating.” 

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