I’ve struggled with poor sleep for as long as I can remember – even as a kid I was a crazy insomniac. Over the last few years I got better, then extremely worse (non-sleeping child nearly killed me), then back to being much better again: with thanks to guided meditations reminding me to relax and breathe, and stopping me from mulling over stupid shit that fills my brain before sleep.
I’ve tried many, many meditations and these are the five that I keep coming back to. Where I am, my mood, and how tired I am will dictate which one I listen to on any given night, but the first one has been on high rotation here for a few months now – I’ve never listened to the whole thing because I always fall asleep before the end. Coincidence? Maybe, but I’m sleeping! I ain’t gonna argue.
Do you find it hard to fall asleep or stay asleep? I hope these help.
1. Hypnosis for Clearing Subconscious Negativity by Michael Sealey
This is actually a YouTube video, and has been really useful. I always want to provide good vibes to the world and I chose this one randomly one night when I felt like I’d had a bad week. Don’t be afraid about the hypnosis bit, he jus
2. Relax into Sleep Guided Meditation by Meditation Oasis
I toggle between this one and the next, and usually use it when I’m away as it’s downloaded already and I’m not chewing up all my data.
3. Deep Rest Guided Meditation by Meditation Oasis
Either one of these work really well – I like Mary’s soothing voice.
4. Journey to Deep Relaxation by Anxiety Slayer
Every time I listen to this I always think I should buy the whole album – I know I would really find it useful!
I first started listening to the Anxiety Slayer podcast early last year when I was mega stressed and wondering if I was developing anxiety. I wasn’t, I was just sleep-deprived and taking on too much. But I ended up loving the podcast and sometimes just listen to that as I’m falling asleep or wake up in the middle of the night.
5. Rejuvenating Sleep by The Meditation Podcast
I don’t know whether it’s particularly rejuvenating or not, but I definitely sleep. They also have another one about deep sleep, and I often listen to that one also.
So what do you do when you can’t sleep? Are there sleep meditations you like?