— A deep and dreamless slumber

These are the reasons you should meditate before you go to sleep (even if you've never tried it before)

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It goes without saying that quality sleep is so important for your overall health. Unfortunately, restful sleep isn’t always easy to achieve. If you’ve tried everything from counting sheep to scrolling through Facebook and it just doesn’t work, you might want to consider meditation for a better night’s sleep.

Perhaps you’ve never tried meditating because you thought it was too spiritual or New Age-y; if that’s the case, you’ll be thrilled to know that meditation is easy, simple, and anyone can do it, no matter how far you think you are from “enlightenment.” Besides, regular meditating before sleep just might be the key to cure your nighttime woes. #Winning.

April is Stress Awareness Month, which means it’s the perfect time to consider meditating for the first time. Meditation is a wonderful way to get in touch with your thoughts and feelings, while connecting with your body. And thanks to apps like HeadspaceCalm, and YogaGlo, mental bliss can be found with a few taps on your iPhone.

If you’re looking for a break from your phone altogether, though (we don’t blame you!), you can also do a self-guided meditation in bed using music, candles, or simply dimming the lights and closing your eyes — the great thing about meditation is that you can make it your own. There are no rules.

HelloGiggles spoke with Tiffany Cruikshank, yoga and meditation expert and instructor on YogaGlo, who has one simple piece of advice for newbies:

“Keep it simple. You don’t need any fancy techniques, though for some people they can be helpful.”

“To get the most out of your meditation practice the most important thing is consistency,” Cruikshank tells HG. “The frequency is more important than the duration, so I generally recommend starting with 3-5 minutes a day and not increasing until you feel you absolutely want to and then increasing just a couple minutes every so often.” Doesn’t sound so bad, right?

Here are seven reasons you should give it a shot and make meditation a part of your routine every single night.

1It helps prepare your mind and body for rest

After a long day, it can be hard for most of us to unwind and actually let ourselves rest. This is why meditating is actually the perfect thing to do before bedtime. Practicing meditation regularly will train your brain to know that this new habit equals sleep time, and it’s an easy way to send yourself mental and physical signals that the day is done.

“Meditating before sleep is a great way to trigger the parasympathetic response to help the body and mind wind down in order to optimize your body’s ability to move through the sleep cycles which helps us get a deep restful sleep,” Cruikshank says.

2It allows you to mentally separate from your day


Many people have a hard time letting their thoughts go at the end of the day, and this can be even worse if you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, insomnia, or are under stress. Meditation provides you with a space to collect your thoughts and feelings, whether you’re hung up on the rest of your to-do list or a fight you had with a friend. You can give your brain permission to let these thoughts and worries go, which is something we all need from time to time.

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