Meditation for Better Sleep

Sleep meditation is any type of meditation or mindfulness practiced with the goal of improving sleep. Whether you have a specific sleep disorder or simply need more deep and quality sleep hours, you can use meditation to sleep better.

About Sleep Issues

Many people struggle with sleep issues. These can take many forms, making good sleep elusive. Many people suffer from one or more of the following common sleep disorders:

  • Insomnia – difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, or both
  • Breathing disorders – snoring, sleep apnea, hypoventilation, or hypoxemia
  • Sleep-wake disorder – being unable to fall asleep and wake at appropriate times, sometimes caused by jet lag or shift work
  • Nightmares and night terrors – persistent, frightening dreams or screaming on awakening
  • Sleep paralysis – a feeling of paralysis when waking up
  • REM sleep behavior disorder – acting or shouting out during dreams
  • Restless leg syndrome – unpleasant sensations in the legs and a need to move them
  • Bruxism – tooth grinding
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What Type of Sleep Meditation is Best for You?

Any type of meditation is better than none for improved sleep
Sleep meditation

Depending on your sleep issue, one style of meditation may be better than another. Learn about the types, and find your preferred guided meditation on BetterSleep.

  • Hypnosis to fall asleep faster. Hypnosis is a trance-like state that leaves the mind relaxed and open to suggestion. It’s proven to help people sleep better. Self-guided, or autohypnosis, is a strategy that allows you to suggest to yourself that you will fall asleep faster at night. You can work with a trained therapist first and then switch to autohypnosis or use guided programs on the app.
  • Lucid dreaming. A lucid dream is one in which you are aware of not being awake. Some people can even control events while lucid dreaming. Meditation to achieve this state involves testing reality and focusing on a mantra of dream awareness. People who meditate regularly have more lucid dreams.
  • Meditation to beat insomnia. Any type of regular meditation, or sleep meditation music, will reduce insomnia and lead to better sleep. Some studies suggest that a focus on deep, paced breathing is especially useful in managing insomnia.

Meditation for tinnitus relief. The constant ringing or buzzing caused by tinnitus can trigger a range of sleeping problems. Astudy of tinnitus patients found that a mindfulness program worked better than relaxation therapy in reducing the severity of