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Meditation ‘can help improve sleep’

June 22, 2012
Private Healthcare UK

Meditation helps you reach deep, rejuvenating levels of sleep

People who suffer with sleep disorders have been told that meditation could help them reduce the effects of their insomnia.

Jillian Lavender, director and co-founder of the London Meditation Centre, said that the relaxation technique brings about a “very deep level of rest” which reduces metabolic rate.

She explained that this can subsequently improve the amount of sleep that a person gets and reduce their susceptibility to stress and anxiety.

Russell Brand recently told the Sun that meditation was helping him cope with the pressures of divorce and Ms Lavender said that while it is a “primarily a mental technique” it can also induce a host of health benefits.

“Studies on meditation have shown to reduce blood pressure, lower insulin resistance and decrease dependency on smoking (and other recreational drugs),” added the expert.

According to Counselling Direct, sleep disorders affect 29 per cent of adults with mental distress in the UK.

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