Out of the millions of people At least 60 million Americans by last count that struggle with sleep, many people find that sleep meditations really do help them fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. What makes sleep meditation so good at helping people with insomnia? The first issue is that medications come with costs and side effects. There are many free resources to help train your mind to fall asleep using sleep meditation. What do you think about while falling asleep? Meditation is a tool that calms your mind and can eventually slow down or stop those constant thoughts. This helps you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake up more refreshed. I recommend that people start meditating with a guided meditation. This is because when you are first learning how to meditate it can be confusing if you are doing it correctly or not. Meditation is a completely mental process so you need to be walked through each step of it before you can do it on your own.
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Last year , during a stretch of anxious nights, I stumbled upon an app that offered to help me fall into a deep and restful sleep. It would do this by, essentially, programming my phone to lull me into unconsciousness. Now, every night, I crawl into bed and scroll aimlessly through my phone in the dark until I have exhausted all of its mindless distractions — email, Instagram, a virtual wooden-block puzzle. Then I open one last app. My phone speaks to me for 20 minutes, and then it plays nature songs for a very long time. Her tone is gentle and optimistic. It sounds like she is smiling as she speaks. Her words are crisp and clear, but they are softened, almost slurred around the edges, as if she is delicately easing me into each sentence and then releasing me back into silence. Sometimes she pauses for long stretches at a time, and that is wonderful, too. The voice tells me to do things — to breathe in deeply, and breathe out slowly — but I have listened to the exact same recording so many times now that it barely registers as instruction.
Best Overall: Tara Brach. Best for Beginners: Headspace. Best for Walking: Gabby Bernstein. Best for Anxiety and Stress: Calm. Best for Sleep: Jason Stephenson. In as little as 10 minutes a day, you can develop a meditation practice that fits your schedule and gives you the space to relax both your mind and body. The benefits of meditation extend far beyond relaxation. In fact, a regular practice of meditation could help reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, general pain, and high blood pressure. Here are our top picks for guided meditation. With a Ph.