Mindfulness as a path to better sleep

Having trouble sleeping? Is insomnia causing you problems?

In recent years, there has been a huge amount of scientific research into the benefits of mindfulness, hypnosis and guided practice to many aspects of health and wellbeing, including Insomnia and sleep related issues.

Being Mindful is being aware of the present moment and letting go of things that happened in the past or worrying about things that might happen in the future. Encouraging the mind to be regularly in this state has a whole host of long term benefits, including improved sleep, relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.

Mindfulness applied to sleep

One of the biggest barriers to sleep is the tension that comes from having an overactive mind – and worrying about not sleeping. Some people with long term insomnia report that they are very tense when they are in bed, worrying that sleep won’t come.

When we can’t sleep, the thing we want more than anything is the very thing we can’t seem to get. As we try harder and harder to sleep, we become more tense, and so begins a struggle. The night goes on, our desperation for sleep increases and so does our sleeplessness.

You cannot ‘fight yourself’ to sleep – you have to allow it to gently invite you across its threshold.

Mindfulness offers an alternative approach – your focus shifts from what you cannot have to be absorbed in other things. Using the power of hypnosis and the mindful approach, people can rapidly shift to more relaxed states and find sleep gently invites them forward.

This is quite a shift in strategy for dealing with sleep problems. It recognises that that frustration/anxiety/resignation about not sleeping are at the core of keeping the problem going. Finding a way to let go of these emotions resolves a large piece of the puzzle of sleeplessness. Mindfulness clears the way for the natural process of sleep and wake to unfold, less hampered by tension.

It can be hard to do this on your own, so what if there was an app that was specifically designed to use the power of hypnosis and mindfulness to help you generate the states that make sleep more possible?

Sleep Maestro is the solution for you. Free to download, it has a range of audio tracks to suit different people and situations, with ‘sleep inductions’ that help you get to sleep (or back to sleep), as well as deeper, mindset shifting recordings that offer deeper insight into breaking insomnia and overcoming sleep problems.

Download it now and try it for yourself. Imagine what it would be like to relax, let go, and finding yourself sleeping peacefully now?