I just read a popular article with good information about meditation from the New York Times: “Meditation for a Good Night’s Sleep.” The article can be accessed here.
Quality sleep of course is so important for its anti-aging benefits. The article cited a study in which mindfulness meditation was found to be more effective in promoting good sleep than standard methodologies such as the avoidance of coffee and tea before bedtime. In fact, not only were the symptoms of insomnia improved, but those of depression and fatigue as well. And of course, as opposed to some sleep medications, meditation lacks severe side effects.
The study was a randomized clinical trial and has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine–it is entitled “Mindfulness Meditation and Improvement in Sleep Quality and Daytime Impairment Among Older Adults With Sleep Disturbances,” and it can be seen here. The mean age of participants in the sample was 66.3 years, so it is especially relevant to readers of this blog.
In reading over the comments to the New York Times article, many readers comment on how meditation has been helpful for better sleep and other benefits. One recommendation on sleep was for the book by Dr. John Ratey, Go Wild.
Another recommendation was for the app “Budify” (which I haven’t personally tried).
Also, I have a short instructional video on mindfulness meditation mentioned in the previous post, which again can be accessed here:
Whenever possible, we want to follow natural solutions to health issues, and meditation can be just the ticket to a better night’s sleep.
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