Why You Should Not Meditate at Night

June 8, 2024

We often hear about the benefits of meditation and how it can help us to relax and fall into a good night’s sleep. While meditating at night does provide some great advantages, it’s not always the best choice for everyone.

Many people prefer a concentration-based meditation such as tratak or nada yoga for the evening as these techniques focus on holding a specific meditation object and ignoring distractions to the best of your ability. These are very effective at activating the parasympathetic nervous system putting the body into restoration mode. They are also very efficient at reducing stress and anxiety, both important factors in sleep disorders.

Other meditation techniques that can be used at night include mindfulness of breathing, visualization or gratitude meditation. These are all very effective at improving your quality of life and helping to reduce pain, depression and anxiety. They also help improve your ability to focus, and are beneficial for anyone suffering from insomnia.

If you have chronic insomnia or a sleep disorder, it’s best to seek the advice of a healthcare professional. They can advise you on how to treat your problem and what changes you may need to make to improve your quality of life.

In general, a good idea is to practice your sleep-focused meditation during the day so that it becomes your default way of winding down. This will help to establish a natural boundary between your work life and your personal life, making it easier to fall asleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed.


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