I first started using meditation for insomnia when I was 18. I’d just started learning computer science at university back home in England. I was a month into the course. Then one night my entire room shook thunderously. A bang reverberated around the room. It was a gunshot.
But it wasn’t a real gunshot. No. It was a groups of students playing a first person shooter in the room above me. They had the sound so loud it literally shook the entire room.
I’m a peace loving person with a very high level of compassion. So I tried to let it slide. For a month. While they played ever night. And I could not get to sleep. So I ended up speaking to security. He did nothing. Then I spoke to my professor. She did nothing. Then I went upstairs and demand that they turn the game down. But there were eight of them and one of me. And they refused. So I was stuck pretty screwed.
But I did have one tool in my arsenal: meditation.
I knew I could use meditation for insomnia. And it would help me get to sleep.
Why Use Meditation For Insomnia?
Meditation can treat insomnia because it stops everything that causes insomnia. Well, everything except your diet. If your insomnia is caused by you eating too much sugar and drinking too much caffeine then that’s something different (just stop doing it).
But for almost all other causes of insomnia, meditation solves the problem. So regardless of the cause of your lack of sleep, you should definitely try to use meditation for insomnia.
The vast majority of insomnia cases are caused by noise. That could be mental noise or it could be the noise of the people above you playing Call of Duty at ten thousand decibels. But either way it’s generally caused by noise.
For me there were two types of noise that were causing my insomnia. The first was the obvious noise of the people above me. The other noise was the fact that I was angry at the people above and angry at myself for not being able to resolve the problem. And I knew that meditation would stop the mental noise and would let me tune out the environmental noise.
Noise is the number one cause of insomnia. As the following list proves.
The causes of insomnia:
- Too much thinking
- Dwelling on the past
- Worrying about the future
- Generalised stress and anxiety
There are other causes of insomnia like skin problems. In that case you can still use meditation for insomnia, it’s just a little different, as we’ll cover below.
Meditation Treats Insomnia By Cutting Out The Noise
Have you ever tried meditating? If you have then you will know that meditation cuts out both mental and environmental noise and lets you find inner peace (which is very helpful when it comes to getting to sleep).
Incidentally, is you have never tried meditating, you should try our beginners guide to meditation right now. Try it now so you can feel the difference meditation makes. Then come back here and continue reading so we can cure your insomnia.
Okay, so now you have tried meditation. And you can feel the different that meditation makes. It silences your mind. So all those thoughts that you have racing around your mind in bed, you know, the thoughts that stop you from getting to sleep, they won’t be there when you meditate.
So already it is very easy to see how meditating will help with insomnia. Using meditation for insomnia helps because it shuts out the noise.
But actually it goes a lot deeper than that. Because meditation also helps with a lot of the other causes of insomnia.
If You Have Insomnia Cause By Depression
Insomnia is often caused by depression. You lie in bed all night full of regret, or full of bad memories, or just generally feeling depressed for no reason. And because you feel down you cannot get to sleep. So what are you going to do?
You can cure your depression with meditation. When you meditate you learn to objectively observe what is going on in your own mind. And this lets you take control of your emotions. So if you’ve been feeling like you are out of control of your emotions, meditate. I’ve created this guide to taking control of your emotions to help you out.
If You Have Insomnia Caused By Anxiety
Anxiety is very closely linked to depression, especially when you’re talking from a spiritual perspective. Anxiety and depression are all about a block of prana in your body. Or, to put it in layman’s terms, you’re flow isn’t working. You’re blocked. Could be your emotions that are blocked. Could be a chemical block. But something in you is blocked and it is stopping your mind from flowing naturally.
Blocked prana can lead to bother anxiety and depression (and a lot of other problems). But you can take control of the situation by using meditation.
When you meditate you increase prana flow in your body and you also balance your chakras. This helps to restore your natural flow, which will cure your anxiety and thereby cure your insomnia. Alternatively, you might like to try this self hypnosis for anxiety.
Insomnia From Other Causes
I mentioned above that meditation cures insomnia when the insomnia is caused by noise.
But meditation can also help with a lot of other conditions. In fact, there are over 100 health benefits of meditation, so there is a very good chance that you will cure both your insomnia and the underlying health problem by meditating.
For instance, meditation can be used to cure skin problems. Because meditation increases the circulation in your body it will increase the flow of oxygen and nutrition into areas that have skin problems. This will accelerate the healing of your problem, curing both the insomnia and the underlying cause of insomnia.
Another common cause of insomnia is from breathing problems. Maybe you suffer from asthma (as I did). In which case meditation will hep to improve respiratory function and to cure your asthma.
Scientists are very quickly learning that meditation heals many health problems. So if you have a health problem that is causing insomnia, you should definitely consider using meditation.