I did a guided meditation every night for a week that changed the quality of my sleep
Falling asleep is hard enough when the world is peach colored and wonderful – but let’s just say 2020 didn’t do anyone a favor for sleep quality.
It is perfectly normal for so many of us to have trouble getting a good night’s sleep when we work from home all day, locked up and not aware of what is on the horizon.
Even so, I wasn’t exactly trying to practice healthy sleep hygiene – but when I felt like I was napping in the middle of the afternoon, I knew I had to try something to get out of my funk … and bedtime seemed like meditation worth a try.
This is exactly what happened when I decided to practice guided meditation every night for a week – and why I will continue to practice the healthy night habit in the future.
I’m pretty used to doing guided meditations – I worked at a personal development startup a few years ago, and yes, you got the idea.
There were many woo-woo practices in our team building activities and daily team meetings. I got used to the concept of meditation and took it with me when I went to do my own business.
Even so, I usually only meditate when I’m stressed or anxious – and definitely not as part of my evening routine – so trying to fit it into what I’m already struggling with has been a struggle.
I usually fall asleep watching TV (I know it’s not the healthiest!) And then wake up to brush my teeth and practice my minimal skin care routine. So it was quite a challenge to think about working in a guided meditation – even on the first day to get a 10 minute night shot that I found on the Headspace app.
I actually forgot to do my night meditation on the second day. I was already in bed with my eye mask on when I shot out from under the covers to grab my cell phone.
I crawled back into bed and just did some sleep meditation and put my earbuds on. It was super relaxing and actually calmed me down better than the usual sleep stories I hear on the Calm app. I made up my mind to meditate in bed tomorrow too.
I woke up in front of my partner this morning – it’s a real miracle! I usually sleep until he wakes me up to the smell of coffee, but I actually got up and made coffee once today.
I’m not sure if it was all due to meditation, but I definitely feel rested and didn’t wake up in the middle of the night which I usually do.
I decided to go to bed around 9 p.m. tonight (admittedly, I was tired after getting up so early) and would rather read than watch TV. After about an hour and a half, I did a random sleep meditation on the Calm app and fell asleep before it even finished.
For the first time in a while, I feel really rested today. I also noticed that my general energy levels and mood were much higher than they had been for a while – the coronavirus made things difficult to get excited about, you know?
I always found it overkill when sleep and wellness experts suggested turning off all screens well before falling asleep, but it really helps – and adding the guided meditation while trying to sleep just made it easier and more relaxing to try to be grounded before bed.
Honestly, this practice worked really well for me.
I’ve never had good sleep hygiene – I always struggle to fall asleep, spend half the night on the couch, or sleep late in the morning, but go to bed early and deliberately consider what I’m consuming while I’m the Trying to relax for the evening totally changed me.
Not only did the guided meditation help me fall asleep – and stay asleep – much easier, but it also helped crawl into bed and read instead of allowing myself to fall asleep while watching Real Housewives reruns made me feel like if I had finally broken a bad habit that I didn’t want I admit I had.