When I started my yoga adventures a few months ago (as part of my Healing Experiment), I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't...Read More
Delicious, Delicious Sleep
Until I made the switch to eating paleo, I was a terrible sleeper. I never had trouble falling asleep, but I’d wake up at 4:00 a.m.—wide awake! almost every night— with spiraling thoughts, fretting about the fact that I wasn’t sleeping, and admonishing myself that if I kept worrying about sleeping I would never actually sleep. Around 6:00 a.m., I’d fall back to sleep, only to wake up half an hour later to go workout.
It was a waking nightmare.
Since about 2010, I’ve learned how to do things all day long that help me prepare for restful sleep: smart training, paleo food, magnesium supplements, no blue screens in bed, and Doc Parsley’s Sleep Cocktail every night around 9:00 p.m. I usually, easily get seven to eight hours of shut-eye every night. But according to my Fitbit, the quality wasn’t quite there; I had with “restless” periods in the double digits.
But no more! For the last few weeks, I’ve been enjoying deep, un-restless sleep, and I think it’s because of this new-to-me meditation: ZZZZZZ from My Meditation Station podcast.
My Meditation Station is produced by fitness and meditation expert Stin Hansen of the web site My Thought Coach. There are dozens of helpful guided mediations—for free—and I’ve been using a handful of them fairly regularly. There’s a great one for recovering from workouts, several on body image, and a quick 4-minute wake-up meditation that really does help me start the day feeling bouncy and positive. Plus, ZZZZZZ which is a combination of brain-wave altering music, a soothing voice, and visualizations that help release stress. You can find all of these and more in the Library of My Thought Coach or subscribe to My Meditation Station with your favorite podcast app.
Guided meditations are an excellent way to try meditation, if you’re not familiar with the practice. And if you are an experienced sitter, these are a nice supplement to quiet meditation.