Meditation and Sleep


For the past 6 months, I have had significant disruption in my sleeping patterns. (One day awake 20 hours, next day exhausted). I have historically always “needed” 9 hours of sleep and been a person with lower energy level. N ow I am aging (58,) still raising kids and the world moves so fast! With many factors coming in to play in this issue, I am interested to learn HOW meditation affects the sleep requirement. My meditations have never been longer, deeper or more regular than now. Thank you!

—Diana Barrett, USA


Dear Diana,

Meditation techniques, have been found to calm the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight response” and decrease worry and restlessness — all the things that interfere with good sleep.

Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind and the nervous system, and most important helps one to tap into higher states of consciousness. When one meditates deeply and able to tap into super conscious state of awareness, one is recharged more than in sleep.

True meditation lessen one’s need for sleep.