22 May Lack of sleep and concentration
Sleep is a restorative process, aimed not just at giving parts of your brain’s functions a break, but also at carrying out repair and maintenance. While you sleep, your system flushes toxins from your brain so that you can think clearly and operate well. At the same time, memories are consolidated, including knowledge that you have gained during the day. Although meditating might not switch your brain into exactly the same state of repair and maintenance mode that sleep affords, studies suggest that a great deal of positive effects can be seen in the brains of people who meditate. It is possible to alter pathways in your brain from those that are negative to those that are positive. Furthermore, you can strengthen parts of your brain that make you feel good, sharpen your awareness, and become more compassionate. At the same time, you can weaken links to regions of the brain that induce stress and fear. As you probably are aware, meditating can also help you feel calm, collected and happy.
If you have insomnia, meditation might be extremely helpful since you are in control of when you practice and can do so at whim. Meditating can reduce stress and increase your immune system, which will be badly in need of restoration if you have not slept adequately. Furthermore, meditating is likely to help you gain sleep, even if it cannot make up for its loss. By relaxing via meditation, you can put yourself in the right frame of mind for sleep physically and emotionally, while enjoying the benefits of meditation that sleep does not provide.