If you’ve ever been advised to meditate, you probably heard that this is something you should do in the morning. But what about meditating before bed?
As it turns out, there are some benefits to this too. Let’s explore.
Finding the right time to meditate
Most experts will tell you to meditate in the morning because your mind is fresh and undistracted from the day. And while this is good advice, it’s not always possible.
So if you want to experience all the benefits of meditation, such as decreased anxiety and increased immunity, the night time may well be the right time.
Meditating at night is better than not meditating at all. And it’s probably even better than meditating mid-day when you’re in the thick of checking items off of your daily to-do list.
Bottom line: if you can’t meditate in the morning, a session before bed might just be what the doctor ordered.
Controlling Reckless Worries
If you’re having trouble getting to sleep because a steady flow of thoughts and worries are running through your head, meditation can help calm your mind and help you relax enough to be able to get some sleep.
Meditation is the practice of slowing down your thoughts, and you can do this by not following them. You won’t be able to stop your thoughts completely, but you can create more of a focus on the present moment.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you’re worried about a work project and think about something you have to do tomorrow. You have two choices. You can actually write that thing down (if it’s important enough) and get back to meditating or simply let it go as quickly as it came.
Avoid following the thought down the rabbit hole. Don’t think about how you’re going to get the thing done or who can help you. Simply let the thought flow out as quickly as it flowed in.
It may return when you’re done meditating, but you will be better practiced at controlling your thoughts, so they aren’t as likely to take over.
An American Journal of Physiology study found that meditation induces a wakened relaxation response that can help people fall asleep easier.
What you should know about meditating before bed
If you do decide to meditate before bed, there are a few things you should know. One of them is to time your meditation for 1 hour before bed. This is because as you don’t want to fall asleep while you’re meditating, you should make an effort to separate the two by at least an hour.
Remember you may have lucid dreams. If you’re looking for tips on how to have lucid dreams, you’ll find that meditating before bed is a common one. A lucid dream is a dream in which you’re aware you’re dreaming, so you can control the outcome and interact with your dreams. For most people, this is desirable.
Meditating before bedtime isn’t guaranteed to give you lucid dreams, but it’s a likely outcome, so be prepared.
If you’re new to meditating, you may find it easier to meditate in the morning. But if you don’t have time for morning meditations, right before bed will work just fine. There are even some benefits to meditating at this time. So once you get into a good practice, you may decide to meditate in the mornings and before bed. This is a good thing that’s difficult to get too much of. So if it’s working for you, keep it up!