Sleep is vital for biological function, creativity and happiness.
Here are some quick advice how to prepare for sleep:
- Be kind to your body. While trying to sleep, you may feel annoyed at yourself for not being able to rest. Be gentle to your breaths.
- You must be patient. Your mind will wander and feel restless and impatient. The more you able to let go control, the sooner you will relax.
- Do not force yourself to sleep. Just make space in your busy mind. Start with 3 or 5 minutes and then prolong it to a time that suits you. Take small steps. If you fall asleep, that is great. If you don’t, that is okay too. At least, your mind had a break and able to cover.
While reading about the benefits of sleep is good, you must get into the habit of putting yourself to rest and improve sleep, wake patterns…
…body scan meditation (Yoga Nidra) is one of the most effective ways to improve sleep… here is a guided meditation I recorded. Listen to this guided recording during break time or before going to bed.
In 2017, I led some meditation sessions for sleep for a student-led initiative at Imperial College London on improving sleep among students and staff. The initiative continued to run each year and benefit those who find it hard to rest and get enough sleep. Here is their website for more information.
If you need more structured guidance each week, we run a regular 6-week meditation course in the evenings in Central London. This will give you the foundation to learn meditations to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.
Prioritise your wellbeing, because focus, performance and emotional resilience depend on it.