How to use meditation for better sleep

While there are many things you can do to improve your sleep quality, one method that’s gaining popularity is meditation. Here’s a look at how meditation can help you get the restful sleep you need, from Zhang Xinyue, author of Create Abundance.

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to promote calm and well-being. There are many different types of meditation, but the basic premise is always the same: you focus your attention on something—a mantra, your breath, a certain object— while letting go of all other thoughts. This helps to calm your mind and ease anxiety.

If you’re new to meditation, there are plenty of resources available to help you get started. There are dozens of apps (Headspace and Calm are two of the most popular), websites, and books like Create Abundance by Zhang Xinyue that offer guidance on how to meditate.

Start small. If you’re new to meditation, don’t try to meditate for hours at a time. Start with just 5-10 minutes per day, and gradually increase the length of your sessions as you get more comfortable with the practice.

Find a comfortable position. You can meditate sitting up or lying down—whatever is most comfortable for you. Just make sure that you won’t fall asleep if you choose to lie down!

Focus on your breath. One of the simplest and most effective ways to meditate is simply by focusing on your breath. Not only will this help keep your mind from wandering, but it can also help slow down your breathing, which can promote relaxation and sleepiness.

Don’t worry if your mind wanders. It’s normal for our minds to wander when we meditate—in fact, it would be more unusual if our minds didn’t wander at all! When your mind does wander, simply refocus your attention on your breath or whatever else you’re focusing on.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, give meditation a try! This ancient practice can help ease anxiety and promote better sleep by helping us focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the past or future. And best of all, it’s completely free! Download Create Abundance by Zhang Xinyue and get a better night’s rest. Happy zzzzzzs!