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 powerful mantras for good sleep and mantras for curing insomnia. I’ll share those mantras in a moment, because first I want to share some basic tips and some stories that will show you how powerful these mantras are. However, if you want to skip ahead to the mantras themselves, you can do so by clicking here.
The right atmosphere for using mantras for good sleep and insomnia
If you want to use mantras correctly in order to get to sleep then you first need to do a few things to get in the right frame of mind. Make sure you’ve got the following basics covered before using the mantras.
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. Just make sure the windows and doors are closed and that there aren’t any unnecessary distractions in the environment.
Get stuff done: 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 sleep. I write a list of the things that might prevent me from sleeping (like work related issues for instance) and get them done so that, by the time I go to sleep I don’t have those same things on my mind.
Meditate: Using mantras for good sleep and for curing insomnia is more powerful if you have a somewhat calm state of mind to begin with. Meditate at least once in the day time for at least ten minutes.
Clean environment: It’s harder to get to sleep when your room and house aren’t tidy, plus, who likes going to sleep when they know they have to do the dishes in the morning? No one. 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’s 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
Over the coming pages we’ll be looking at many different mantras for sleep and insomnia, which come from all different cultures (traditional English mantras, Buddhist, Hindu and more). Click through to the next page to discover the mantras for sleep and insomnia.
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.”
Insomnia can be a truly stressful thing. When we don’t sleep we feel awful the next day. Prolonged periods without sleep can even cause depression and anxiety. But thankfully, mantras can help us to cure insomnia and to get to sleep. Here’s an inspiring story of how one of my friends overcame severe insomnia by using mantras.
How Emma Cured Her Insomnia with Mantra Meditation
Emma suffered from insomnia for years. Every single night of the week she struggles with insomnia, and to a devastating effect. It left her fatigued, demotivated and depressed.
She spoke to the doctor about ways to cure insomnia and the doctor prescribed medication for it. Emma took the medication and it worked. She was able to get to sleep consistently.
I was somewhat surprised when Emma came to me and said, “I’m not happy with my pills.”
Even though she was sleeping, was happy to be taking medication. “It’s not healthy. 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 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 for depression. This allowed Emma to overcome her negative belief that she could not sleep.
Having practised the mindfulness meditation it was time to focus on specific mantra meditations for sleep.
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.” Meditation is actually more effective than sleep, as was recently proved in a scientific experiment on insomnia. Emma was alert and awake the next day, but she still wanted to sleep.
For four days Emma practised the mantra meditation. It was on the fifth day that they worked. She was ecstatic. “I’ve finally done it!” she said, gleaming with joy. She still uses the same mantras today. On the next page I’ll teach you how to use those same mantras.
Meditation in general is extremely effective in helping us to get to sleep, even when it is done without any specific mantras. When we meditate we relax our mind and silence our thoughts for long enough to relax and enter sleep.
By using these mantras for good sleep you can make meditation even more effective. Before beginning, make sure you have the necessary equipment.