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Mikkie_Mills on 05/31/2019 at 02:02AM

Are There Any Reasons Not To Meditate Before Bed?

"I'm not a Buddhist or a new-age hippie. Why should I meditate?"

This is what I assume goes through the minds of people who are opposed to meditation. But is meditation just for hippies and partakers in eastern religious practices? The answer is no. New breakthroughs in science are showing us that meditation can be quite beneficial for all kinds of people.


Meditation has been shown to relieve stress & pain, slow aging, decrease inflammation, boost endorphins, increase serotonin levels, strengthen immunity to diseases and yes (drum roll please), help you to fall asleep.


Your brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons which can house up to 1000 terabytes of memory data. The brain is a powerful system. However, if over-stressed it can be quite chaotic. Mediation helps calm your neurons and provides assistance in the process of regulating serotonin levels, which in turn decreases stress as well as anxiety.


Oxidative stress is the result of your body's inability to regulate free radicals and is the root cause of cellular aging. Scientific tests have shown that meditation can help boost glutathione (a natural antioxidant). This chemical is produced inside of the body's cells and can help neutralize free radicals which, you guessed it, can relieve oxidative stress and slow the process of aging.

Cortisol is a chemical produced in the body that is known by some as "the body's stress hormone". This is due to the fact that cortisol is released when the brain is under stress, this causes inflammation. Inflammation in the brain has been linked to many mental issues including depression, addiction , even physical conditions such as diabetes and obesity. This is why relieving stress plays a critical role in longevity as well as living a healthy lifestyle in a more general sense.


So with all of this said, you may be asking yourself "but how does meditation affect my sleeping habits?".


In 2009 the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies was presented with research data that changed the way medical professions view insomnia. The study monitored 11 participants between the ages of 25 and 45 who suffer from insomnia. The participants were divided into two groups and monitored for two months. The results conclusively showed that meditating helped to reduce arousal in the brain and ultimately helped reduce the symptoms of insomnia.


The practice of meditation involves clearing one's mind (or at least attempting to) of all thoughts. This process allows your brain to 'relax' and take a break from the constant stream of data which it is forced interpret throughout your day to day life. Clearing your mind before bed can also be beneficial to your ability to have more positive dreams although the research on dreaming is not conclusive. Some may tell you that if you invision pleasant ideas such as pool designs pensacola before going to sleep you will enter a dream world which reflects these thoughts but there is no solid evidence to suggest this. However, the evidence does suggest that clearing your mind and trying to not focus on such things will increase your ability to sleep deeply for longer hours.


At this point the benefits of meditation should be undeniably aparant. Before writing this article I did research; I tried to find examples of why one should not meditate before sleep. I could find none. On the contrary, all of the data and statistical analysis that I found explicitly stated the benefits of meditation before sleep. It is an undeniable reality that meditating regularly can help reduce anxiety and help you enjoy a much fuller, as well as easier to achieve sleep. So no, meditation is not just for Buddhist and hippies, it is for everyone.


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johnnyadams on 03/16/2016 at 12:57PM

Music To Meditate By

Some people prefer to meditate silently without any music but there are others who prefer to meditate with music. Different people like different music to meditate by. Some like to have music playing in the background while they meditate while others like the form of meditation that involves making music to meditate by. 

Meditation is a simple and easy art and even children can easily practice it. With music to meditate by meditation can be made even more interesting for children. You get a choice of meditation music that is especially meant for children. 

Whatever form of meditation you choose, it is important to remember that music to meditate by should be simple, calm, soothing and peaceful. It should induce feelings of inner peace and help you to focus. Loud music to meditate by is destructive and unproductive. It is distracting and creates feelings of chaos. The most popular musical instruments associated with meditation include the sitar, flute, Tibetan singing bow and the tambora. 

While some people use music to meditate by, there are many musicians who use meditation to calm themselves and to stay focused before any major performance. If you are using music as a means of meditation, you should try and stop doing everything else and just focus on the music in order to get the full benefits of the music. It also helps you to enjoy the music more. 

If you are looking for music to meditate by, there are plenty on online websites that offer different kinds of meditation music that you can buy. Some websites allow you to listen to a sample of the music so you can decide if that is what you are looking for. There are even a few websites that offer free mp3 downloads of music to meditate by. Just do an internet search on meditation music and you are sure to find something that is just right for you.

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