I just stumbled upon this idea myself and love that it’s being validated here. ☺️
If you can’t sleep, then don’t stress about it. Just lay there and meditate. Or simply lay still and relax without trying to sleep. It’s low-stress and almost as good as actual sleep.
👉 Can’t Sleep? Try ‘Quiet Wakefulness’ Instead
Actually, with meditation it’s better in some ways such as in increase in “relaxation, an uptick in creativity, a decrease in depressive symptoms“.
The way I look at this is, if I wake up at 3:00 am, this is a great chance to mediate (laying-down style) with no time pressure at all. All sleep-stress goes away, and it feels pretty luxurious. It’s best to have some basic meditation practice down first, of course. But nothing fancy is required.
Most of the time I fall back asleep. But if not, I’m still getting meaningful rest and feelin’ good!
I hate setting aside 8 hours to sleep as much as anyone. If you need some inspiration, consider these benefits of getting 7-8 hours of sleep instead of 6. I’m adding this as a note to myself… Don’t skim on sleep! It’s not a waste of time!
- Unclogs your arteries
- Clears out brain clutter
- Improves brain performance
👉 Why Lack of Sleep is So Bad For You
I remember reading that good sleep habits also help maintain a better body weight. I believe that; I know I get the munchies pretty bad when I’m tired. 😪
Follow up… An article on staying up late being tied to health issues including cancer and depression. 😵