Getting a good night's sleep is essential to your health and happiness. It is also important for the way you feel in the morning. You can improve your sleeping habits and fall asleep faster if you learn to meditate. Meditation is a millennia-old technique that trains your attention and puts you in a calm state.
It is an effective technique for dealing with stress and anxiety. In addition to helping you fall asleep, meditation can improve your mental clarity and emotional stability.
If you have never tried meditation before, try a guided sleep meditation. These are usually short and easy to follow, and they involve a voice that guides you through the process. You can find free recordings on YouTube or in the app store.
Focused breathing is another calming activity that can help you fall asleep fast. You can practice rhythmic digraph breathing or the 4-7-8 technique, inhaling for four counts and exhaling for seven. In this way, you can release muscle tension and relax the body.
Binaural beats are another type of relaxing music that can be used for meditation to help you fall asleep quickly and easily. You listen to two different tones, one at slightly higher frequency and the other at lower frequency, in order to create an illusion of sound waves coming from both sides of your head.
Besides listening to these types of music, you can also try other sleep-promoting techniques such as guided meditations and yoga. You can use oura's Explore tab to find meditations geared specifically toward falling asleep, and you can receive instant biofeedback on how your body reacts to them, in the Oura app.