In the past 20 years, it has been proved that sleep has always been a crucial part of maintaining good health, both physical and mental well-being. It is important for your mind to be at peace in order for you to sleep well and hence function well. Meditation is one way to calm your mind to induce peaceful sleep. But as much as meditation is important for relaxation, it is also important to dwindle your mind away from thoughts and be still. Sleep has a powerful impact in understanding and healing mental health and one can use various techniques to sleep better. Mudit Dandwate, Co-founder, Dozee says that sound meditation is an ancient healing practice that uses sounds and vibrations to induce deep meditative states. Among them, Tibetan Singing Bowls is one such powerful sound therapy.
Tibetan Singing Bowls are a type of bell made from a bronze alloy that produces remarkably powerful, long-lasting hum that is very calming. They are used for stimulating brain waves. The rich blend of harmonic overtones produced from the singing bowls helps us to first sink into the alpha state (from gamma and beta waves seen during working hours), then the mind lingers between alpha, theta and delta brain waves the kind of brain waves seen during deeper states of sleep.
This enables deep relaxation and heightened perception. This technique of sound meditation has a significant impact on the lactic acid reduction in athletes post-workout as well, accelerating recovery speed and enhancing mobility. Just like Sleep, this sound therapy also reduces stress and anxiety and helps you improve your emotional moods. It also induces productivity, boosts creativity, and learning well.
Also, an hour of sound bath is equivalent to 4 hours of deep sleep. Other guided meditation techniques like Yoga Nidra has also been very useful in keeping the mind still and pushing it towards sleeping well. Yoga Nidra is a state of consciousness between waking up and falling asleep. It is the "going to sleep" stage and it is ordinarily coaxed by a guided meditation.
This technique does not only promote deep sleep but also help you relax and rejuvenate your body in just a couple of hours. A 20 minutes session of yoga Nidra is equivalent to 1 hour of deep sleep.
Sleep provides benefits to your organs, helps it nurture, and thus, functions well. It also stimulates better immunity and makes your body equipped to fight viruses. It also aids hormonal balance in the body. It is said that the best bridge between despair and hope is a good night of sleep.
Sleep works as a nocturnal soothing bomb because it works as an overnight therapy. The human body releases a stress hormone called "cortisol", which decreases in sleep. It thus prevents you from increased heart rate, breathing issues, bodily stress, emotional stress.
Sound therapy and yoga Nidra techniques have also been useful to treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and also used by the army. And if you cannot have a yoga specialist help you with these, nowadays there are tons of applications available online to help you with a guided meditation.
Do try this therapy at home and let us know if it worked for you or not. Stay tuned to HerZindagi and if you know something more on the subject, feel free to share it on our Facebook Page.