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Why can't I sleep?

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Many people probably recognize the feeling of lying in bed late at night with their eyes half open while their thoughts live a life of their own. Events from the past day, conversations we had with colleagues or friends, plans or thoughts about the future, memories from the past... sometimes everything flows together into one big jumble.

Many people also experience waking up in the middle of the night unable to get back to sleep, especially when they are going through stressful periods in their lives. When we sleep, our unprocessed thoughts and memories come up and torment us.

A good sleep is one of the key factors to both good mental and physical health. Many people with sleep problems consult a doctor as a first measure. However, it is possible to deal with the root causes of sleep problems with the help of meditation.

It is important to give yourself time to process thoughts and clear your mind in order to relax better and have more space inside. We need to give our mind a little ritual in the same way that before going to bed we brush our teeth, take a shower or put on nice pajamas. In the same way, we can prepare our mind.

Meditation is a powerful way not only to relax, but also to get rid of thoughts. That way, our mind becomes less cluttered and we can see life from a larger perspective. The problems become smaller and the past seems less important. This is why meditation calms our mind. It gives us a perspective from which to release our thoughts. More perspective means a bigger mind. A bigger mind means more tolerance and ability to deal with situations and emotions that come up in our daily life… even at night! Without meditation, thoughts easily take over, making them difficult to ignore; they appear so real no matter how confusing and irrational they are.

Finding your true self through meditation means gaining the strength to say "these are just thoughts, they can't control me!" Having such an ability is a superpower that allows us to grow and understand life better than we ever thought possible. Setting aside time for meditation is also time-saving in the long run because it gives us clarity and rest.

The next time thoughts or stress keep you awake or prevent you from focusing, reflect on them and ask yourself if these worries are really necessary or if they are helping you in any way? If you could say goodbye to them, wouldn't it be worth it?


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