As a meditation teacher one of the questions I am asked more than any other is “How can I cure insomnia with meditation.”
Perhaps it’s not surprising that I am asked this question so frequently. Forty-Eight percent of people are reported to suffer from occassional insomnia and 22% suffer from insomnia every night. That’s a staggering statistic.
Thankfully, there are some very powerful mantras which can help you to get a good night’s sleep, free of insomnia. ‘ll share those mantras in a moment, but first, I’d like to share some important tips.
Atmosphere is essential to success when using mantras
To use mantras correctly in order to get to sleep,you first need to create the right atmosphere. Here are a few tips on doing precisely that.
Quiet: Trust me, I know it can be hard to find a quiet spot sometimes, but there are something you can do to make sure your bedroom is as quiet as possible. Close the windows. Lock the door. Make sure there are no unnecessary distractions in the environment.
Complete other priorities first: It’s a lot easier to go to sleep at night if you haven’t got extra stresses on your mind. Personally, when I wake up in the morning I tell myself that I’m going to earn a good night’s sleep. I write a list of the things that might prevent me from sleeping (like work related issues for instance) and make sure they are done before nighttime. That way, by the time I go to sleep I don’t have those same things on my mind.
Meditate: Whenever you use a mantra it’s best to meditate for ten minutes first. That way, your mind is already relaxed before you begin using the mantra. Meditate at least once in the day time for at least ten minutes.
Clean environment: It’s harder to get to sleep when your house isn’t tidy. After all, who likes going to sleep when they know they have to do the dishes in the morning? Clean the house even though it’s boring and you’ll get to sleep easier at night.
Get it off your chest: Sometimes when I go to bed at night there’s something I wish I had said to someone. Maybe you’ve had an argument or you’ve forgotten to tell somebody something. If it’s not too late, say whatever is on your mind to whoever you need to say it to. If it is too late, write it on a piece of paper and promise yourself you’ll say it tomorrow.
Exercise: Goes without saying right? Just do a little exercise so you’re actually tired when you go to bed.
Mantras for good sleep and insomnia
There are many different mantras which can be used to cure insomnia. They come from all different cultures (traditional English mantras, Buddhist, Hindu and more).
In a moment I’ll be sharing many of the best mantras for good sleep and curing insomnia, mantras from various religions and cultures. But first, let’s take a look at a few English mantras for good sleep and insomnia.
- “I am calm and still.”
- “The world is sleeping and all is well.”
- “I welcome sleep into myself.”
- “I am breathing deeply and calmly, becoming more and more relaxed with each breath.”
How Emma Cured Her Insomnia with Mantra Meditation
My good friend Emma suffered from insomnia for years. Every single night of the week she would struggle with insomnia, and to a devastating effect. It left her fatigued, demotivated, and depressed. She spoke to the doctor about ways to cure insomnia. The doctor prescribed medication. Emma took the medication and it worked. She was able to get to sleep consistently. So, imagine my surprise when Emma came to me and said, “I’m not happy with my pills.”
Even though she was sleeping, was not unhappy with her medication. “It’s not healthy,” she said. “I should be able to get to sleep naturally. I need an alternative solution.” When I suggested using mantra meditation Emma was enthusiastic. She spoke to her doctor about going off the pills, which she soon did.
The first time I taught Emma the mantra meditations for sleep and insomnia, they didn’t work. This didn’t surprise me. She had a very deep-seeded belief that she could not get to sleep. She truly believed that without medication she couldn’t sleep. If she was to sleep we first needed to change this belief. We did this using a mindfulness meditation. This allowed Emma to overcome her negative belief that she could not sleep. We were then ready to move on to the mantras.
The mantras which we used were:
- Sa Ta Na Ma,
- Har Har Mukunday
- and Ang Sang Warhegaru.
She practiced these meditation for twenty minutes before bed.
The first night she didn’t actually sleep, but she said she “felt even better than if I had slept.” This might sound strange, but recent scientific study has suggest that meditation is actually more effective for rest than sleep is. Emma was alert and awake the next day, but she still wanted to sleep.
For four days Emma practiced the mantras. It was on the fifth day that they finally worked. She was ecstatic. “I’ve finally done it!” she said, gleaming with joy. You can find the mantras that Emma used on the next page.
Mantra for Good Sleep and curing insomnia # 1
This mantra has five sounds (it is a panj shabad mantra. It balances the brain’s hemispheres. Poor sleep and insomnia are frequently caused by a lack of balance in the chemicals of the brain. The Sa Ta Na Ma mantra promotes balance and returns us to our regular, healthy mental state.
Mantra for Good Sleep 2
Often, insomnia is caused by a mental block. In order to overcome these blocks we need to enter a state of flow. This is where this mantra comes in. It removes fears and other kinds of mental blocks so we can relax and get to sleep.
Mantra for Good Sleep 3
This final mantra for good sleep promotes inner peace and well-being. If we cannot sleep because of physical tension or pain, this mantra will promote physical relaxation.
This video will help you to get to sleep. Close your eyes and meditate on the audio, then simply drift off. Pleasant dreams.