Posted by: manjitsandhu | July 1, 2011

Can Meditation Help You Fall Asleep Quicker?

Many people in today’s busy and stressful world are affected by insomnia and other sleep disorders. While severe sleep disorders may require a visit to a sleep specialty physician and prescription medication, for less severe cases there are many simple and natural techniques for better sleep you can try on your own. One of the most workable of these techniques is Color Meditation.

A common reason healthy people have trouble falling to sleep is that their mind simply will not “turn off” thinking about the events of this day, tomorrow, or the future. Color Meditation is an excellent way to deal with this problem.

There are many forms of meditation, you will have to experiment a bit to find the one that works for you for issues other than sleep. It is also important for people of faith to realize that while meditation is part of many religions, meditation in and of itself is simply a mental technique and not a form of worship, and the practice of this meditation technique will not conflict with your faith, no matter what it is.

Here are some basic guidelines to practice Color Meditation for better sleep. Prior to going to bed, find a quiet room free of harsh lighting and noise. Next, get into a comfortable sitting position. This can be sitting cross-legged on the floor in a traditional yoga pose, or sitting normally on a comfortable chair or even lying down on your bed can be workable for this form of meditation. (Meditation teachers sometimes caution not to meditate lying down, as it may lead to falling asleep, but since sleep is our goal here, that is perfectly fine!). Place your hands comfortably, either in your lap or by your side. Close your eyes and relax, while breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. As you breathe in, imagine the color of the air being inhaled to be green and it turns to blue as you breathe out. Try to focus only on the colors as you breathe in and out. You will notice that as you perform this Color Meditation exercise, your mind will wander. When the mind wanders just return your focus to the color of the breath and the thoughts will automatically subside. Soon you should be in a relaxed state conducive to deep and restful sleep.