elusive sleep

Most nights you find sleep is elusive. No matter how tired you are, you simply stay awake. You keep looking at the clock which seems to stand still. You toss and turn. Nothing helps. You get more and more agitated.

Sound familiar? Most of us can have these kinds of nights. When it can become a problem is when you have them on a regular basis, leading to insomnia. Having had insomnia in my 20’s, I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

negative side effects

Some of the negative effects can be: 

– lack of concentration
– irritability
– depression
– forgetfulness
– health problems, such as heart problems, diabetes, weight gain, and impairment of judgement.

If only I had known about meditation and its benefits, I would have had a different life. Now, that I sleep well most nights, I realise how much insomnia had affected my life.

Sleep is glorious. It is rejuvenating, refreshing and vital to good mental as well as physical health. It gives you a chance to wind down, get much needed rest and time out from your busy day.

After a good night’s sleep you wake up excited about your day ahead. You feel you can deal with whatever comes your way, because you are on fire.

Here are a variety of guided meditations to help you get to sleep. The idea is to focus on an object to take you out of your busy mind into your body.

Body Scan

The first one is scanning your body from head to toe feel yourself letting go and relaxing with each breath going deeper and deeper into stillness. Click here body scan to listen.

Sit and Listen

The second is to end your busy day sitting quietly listening to what is happening with your thoughts. To get you present and connected, use the body scan meditation.  To let go and release your day, click here to sit and listen.

Evening meditation

Doing an evening meditation is a lovely way of ending your day and releasing from whatever has happened. This evening meditation is specific for the end of day preparing for sleep.

Keep practising as it takes time to change habits. You will find you will have longer sleeps with fewer disturbances. And if you do wake up, you can always listen to the meditations again.

If you would like to learn how to meditate, I’ve created a wonderful online package which includes my online Unfold Your Meditation course and three personalised sessions with me to help you create your own daily practice. Here is the link for further information.

sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together
Thomas Dekker

If you have any suggestions you would love to share, please comment so we all can see what else we could do.

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meet chantal

Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au



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