Another common health problem faced by adults is the difficulty to sleep. The American Sleep Association says that almost 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder with insomnia being the most common (The Recovery Village, 2020). They also see a correlation between older ages and lack of sleep, as 40 of individuals aged 40 – 59 years have been seen to get less sleep than the recommended 7-hours. A concerning 5% of persons admitted to falling asleep when driving too.
Meditation is also associated with reducing the effects of some of the side-effects of sleep deprivation such as fatigue, irritability and poor levels of quality of life. A study carried out by a team of researchers in California concluded that meditation and other mindful practices were helpful in improving the sleep quality of participants throughout an entire year, particularly in comparison to other methods of treatment (Psychology Today, 2020). The mindfulness activities included exercises such as seated meditation, mindful walking/eating/movement, mindful compassion and such.
While it is commonly encouraged to steer away from using your mobile phone while sleeping, in today’s day and age, it could actually help you fall asleep. There are a number of guided meditation apps such as Calm and Headspace and many of them offering packages that are curated for better sleep that can be purchased online. Feedback from the public is generally positive too, claiming that guided meditations from such apps help them go into deep states of relaxation and fall asleep quickly.