A Meditation for Sleep

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A Guided Meditation for Sleep | EJL Meditations

Hi Friends. This meditation has been on my mind for about a month now. Sleep is so incredibly important to all aspects of our health and I know when I don’t sleep well, I am not a nice human being. I’m one of those people who needs at least 8 hours of sleep per night to be kind and functional, and some days I need 9.

I’ve had a theory for awhile now that introverts need more sleep/rest than extroverts. So I’d love to know, are you an introvert and feel that you need more sleep than your extrovert friends and family? Drop a comment below!

This meditation is about 10 minutes long. In it I guide you through a gentle noticing of the physical body and the breath. 

I do this breath observation any time I’m woken up in the middle of the night (5 year old…) or if I have trouble drifting off at bedtime. Admittedly, I usually fall asleep very quickly. However, if I’m woken in the middle of the night that is sometimes when I struggle a bit. My issue is that I’m so relaxed from sleep that my creative mind kicks in and starts throwing out ideas for blog posts, or right now, my newest journal course. Does that happen to you? Sometimes I honor my creative muse and roll over to write down my ideas, sometimes I’m so desperate to get back to sleep I have to let them go. If I’m lucky I’ll remember them the next day. Otherwise I’ll have that feeling of a dream just having slipped through my fingers upon waking.

No matter when it is that you are trying to get to sleep, observing the breath is a great way to bring your mind back to the body. I hope you find this meditation helpful. If you do, please share on your favorite social media platform so others can get their much deserved rest too!

That’s all I have for you today. May you be blessed ♥

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6 thoughts on “A Meditation for Sleep

  1. Hi, Erin! I wasn’t able to listen to your meditation as I haven’t sorted out my SoundCloud app on a relatively new phone, but I’m sure it’s lovely and will try to listen to it as soon as possible. You might be interested in a book called The Introvert Advantage, in which the author makes the case, with scientific support as far as I recall, that introverts do indeed need more sleep. Part of the theory is that introverts spend so much more brain energy processing everything so deeply that they become more tired more easily than extroverts. (The brain being a major energy-eating monster.) She said Introverts are simply physiologically different than extroverts. That said, in recent years I have greatly reduced my need for sleep by changing my diet dramatically and by following a number of Ayurvedic principles regarding the amount and timing of meals, exercise, etc. Also by skipping caffeine almost always, and avoiding a lot of light, TV, & screen time at night. (Although I do need to chill on Instagramming too late at night, a new challenge. ? Amber glasses FTW! ) Hope some of this will be interesting to you. I spent a lot of time studying about and working on my sleep patterns over the years mostly because I didn’t like having to spend so much of my life in bed. Take care–and thanks for following. Happy to have crossed paths with you! ?

    1. Hey Kellie! Thanks for the book recommendation, that is so interesting! In my younger years I thought I just needed more sleep because I was “one of those people”, but now I know it’s because I’m an introvert and an empath. Filtering other people’s energies can be exhausting! Now that I take better care of myself energetically (and with better food choices), it is easier, but some days are harder than others – pretty much just like everything else in life. Ayurveda is such a great tool for health. I found a lot of the food recommendations for Pitta (me) to be spot on, so glad it’s helped you too. And YES, light from electronics has been overlooked for too long. Have you heard of f.lux? I have it on both of our laptops. I wish they made an app for iPhones! I try to stay off social media at night not so much because of the light, but the energy coming through everyone’s pictures & words is really stimulating for me.

      Btw, you *should* be able to listen to the meditation on your phone via the blog post. I just tried it and it had the option of using the app or listening in the browser. I chose browser and it played right away. Hope that helps.

      Happy to have crossed paths with you too! I look forward to connecting with you more on IG 🙂

  2. I’ve always needed a bit more sleep, i had never linked it to my Introversion but it makes total sense now. When I’m away from home or have people visiting I often find I have to have an afternoon nap.
    This really helped me last night, was in agony and this helped me calm centre and relax. Thank you so much Erin! Xoxox

  3. I definitely do need more sleep than most people and I’m also an introvert. My family and friends are usually pretty conscious of when I need sleep and they aren’t afraid to tell me to rest when I’m getting agitated.

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