Needing More Sleep?


Hi, I have been meditating daily for around 2 hours for the past 2 years or so. Earlier I was more energetic and I used to wake up early in the morning by 5 am or so. But of late, sometimes I feel as if energy has drained out of my body, and I feel like sleeping a little more. Now I wake up around 6 am. I am not sure if this lack of energy at times is because I need some more sleep or is some phase of meditation, or what? Is it because some of my chakras are opening and causing this drainage of energy?

—Harit Sharma, Canada


Dear Harit,

Our energy rhythms are subject to many external and internal factors. For example, the need for more sleep could be due to dietary changes, time of year, stress, depression, changes in our evening routine, etc. Take note and try to objectively observe what is happening.

Express in prayer your desire to maintain the best routine which serves your meditation practice and daily schedule overall. Also, be respectful of changing physical needs. Sometimes, one simply needs a little more rest. The opening of one’s chakras would mean a rise of energy in the spine toward the brain. The effects would be positive if harmoniously channeled.

In general, meditation gives us energy and sustenance, even reducing overall fatigue. Make sure you are sitting for a period of time at the close of the technique thus allowing certain energies and perhaps karmas to be transcended instead of worked out in the body which can cause fatigue, restlessness, and even ill-health. I wish you the best.

Nayaswami Maria