Cerritos College Student Health hosts mindfulness meditation

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On March 9th, Student Health presented “Fighting Insomnia and Improving Sleep with Mindfulness Meditation” on the occasion of Sleep Awareness Month.

“It’s a myth that everyone needs 8 hours of sleep,” said Laurie Angress, iRest Yoga Nidra host during the hour-long seminar, which also included a 20-minute guided meditation.

Angress defined insomnia as a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, falling asleep, or waking up too early, and the inability to get back to sleep.

Insomnia is a disorder of contradictions. It can be long term or short term; It can also be linked to a health problem, but it cannot be related to a health problem either.

There are many different causes of insomnia, such as: B. Significant stress, especially over time, emotional discomfort, anxiety, anxiety, depression, unresolved anger, smoking, alcohol, excessive physical activity, fasting, and drugs like marijuana and psychedelics, to name a few.

“If you can’t fall asleep within 30 minutes of lying down, or if you can’t get a good night’s sleep, you may have insomnia,” Angress said.

Other signs and symptoms include an inability to return to sleep at irregular intervals after you wake up, an inability to achieve REM sleep, and feeling tired during the day.

“You can’t catch up on the lack of sleep on the weekend, that’s another myth that people sometimes believe in,” she said.

Another big myth, according to Angress, is the idea that alcohol helps you sleep better. “Alcohol can make you fall asleep faster, but it won’t be a good night’s sleep.”

Angress explained the concept of sleep hygiene as a way to improve good sleeping conditions. Sleep hygiene ideas are things like exercising during the day instead of in the evening. Limit caffeine and sugar late in the day.

Angress offered simple exercises that can be done before bed to make it easier to fall asleep. The goal for a good night’s sleep is REM March 9, 2021. Photo credit: Courtesy of Laurie Angress

“One technique that helps me personally is to stop eating around 7:00 pm,” she said. Using body oil along with a warm bath is another sleep hygiene technique.

She also suggested creating comfort conditions in your bedroom by darkening the room, buying suitable pillows, blankets, and cutting off social media or television at least 30 minutes before bed.

There are some special breathing techniques that can be performed for optimal sleep, such as: B. backward breath counting, bumblebee breathing, finger breathing or prolonged exhalation.

Mediation can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, and trauma. “It also reduces chronic pain, inflammation, and negativity. And it’s known to improve sleep, mood, immune system, and general wellbeing, ”she said.

For the duration of this month, Canvas will allow students to access more information about sleep, including videos and more fun facts about sleep.

Angress also said, “I have two free meditations on my website, please feel free to use either or both.”

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