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Mindfulness meditation helps fight insomnia, improves sleep

June 15, 2020

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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter

Julie Corliss is the executive editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. Before working at Harvard, she was a medical writer and editor at HealthNews, a consumer newsletter affiliated with The New England Journal of Medicine. She … See Full Bio
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March 13, 2015

So this is saying that if you meditate for two hours once a week for 6 weeks, you will sleep better. That sounds like major BS

Amit Lamba
March 5, 2015

Thanks for this Wonderful Write Up . Meditation Definately Works and In India We have Some Great Meditation teachers and courses.

Joe Roy
March 3, 2015

This is excellent advice for people who have trouble sleeping. I’ve used this technique before with good results.

February 26, 2015

I’ve been reading about this elsewhere and I firmly believe in it. Of course, my input is only anecdotal; this input is scientific. 😀 Melanie

Joy Winchell
February 19, 2015

I have been meditating off & on since the 1970’s, using a variety of techniques e.g., focus on breath, mantra meditation, repeating a short prayer or spiritual passage. Herbert Benson’s book, The Relaxation Response, was my first book on how to meditate.
After an unexpected and serious health incident in 2010, I began to meditate twice a day for 20 minutes each time. Mediation has significantly helped with my sleep difficulties (sometimes falling asleep, other times staying/going back to sleep).
Since my retirement in 2011, from a stressful job, I certified as a yoga and meditation teacher. This has been most gratifying. Both my clients and I have benefitted from the classes.

February 19, 2015

That sounds like a really good Idead I will definitely give it a shot!

andrea Hazan
February 19, 2015

Great to hear – Prof. Benson’s findings are just one part of great the neuroscientific findings of the past years that proof the benefit of these millennium old practices, that is incorporated in the very rewarding professional training at the Minded Institut by Heather Mason: Yoga Therapy for mental health. I am doing this course at present and find that not only this meditation is very helpful for my chronic insomnia but e.g. also Ujjayi Breathing (a technique in Pranayama – Yoga). I am so happy this knowledge finds its way now to the general community!

Dr. Artour Rakhimov
February 19, 2015

This meditation breathing exercise is popular and effective. It is probably about 5,000 years old. The technique goes beyond focus on breathing. It suggests to reduce breathing with relaxation to get more CO2 and improve blood flow and O2 levels in the body.

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