Sleep Challenge Week 3: Mantras and Meditation Before Bed

Sometimes sleep can seem so far away at the end of an exhausting, long day. And while the comfort of our ridiculously soft sheets lures you into bed, that doesn’t mean the mind is ready for rest. When our minds are racing, it’s nearly impossible to slow down our thoughts and fully relax at bedtime. Here’s where mantras and sleep meditation come into play. A mantra, or mantra meditation, is loosely defined as an utterance of a group of words that help to induce an altered state of consciousness. Speaking a mantra can help you before catching shuteye and set the foundation for positive thoughts you want to will into existence. Sleep meditation follows a similar principle of welcoming sleep through mindful relaxation. Essentially, the two go hand and hand. For this week’s #ScoreWithSHEEX Sleep Challenge, we offer tips and suggestions of including mantras and meditation as part of your nightly routine.   According to Exploration of Consciousness Research Institute (EOC Institute),  “this practice works well for those trying to achieve a higher goal by convincing our subconscious minds that we can succeed. Even when our conscious mind doubts our abilities, our subconscious can believe strongly enough for us to succeed.” If you’ve been following along on our month long sleep challenge, you’ve already learned about Week One: Sleep for Performance and Recovery, and Week Two:  Make Insomnia A Thing of the Past. This week, you’ll appreciate our efforts in assisting you with better sleep and an improvement in overall wellness with tips for mantras and meditation for bed!

1. Repeat personal mantras

  • The moments before you fall asleep are crucial to your brain. You‚Äôre left alone with your final thoughts before the subconscious mind takes over. This is your chance to give yourself a pep talk. From EOC Institute: ‚ÄúMantras enhance positive alpha, gamma, delta, and theta brainwaves ‚Äì the brainwaves that kick in during relaxation.‚Äù Repeating a mantra will give your mind no time at all to fluctuate so you can focus on what‚Äôs important to you. Whether you have a mantra in mind or still have no idea what we‚Äôre talking about, go ahead and try the ones we‚Äôve listed below.
        • Let it be
        • I am at peace
        • I am still
        • I am grateful for time to rest
        • I deserve this rest
        • Slow down, breathe and release
        • My mind is ready for sleep
        • I am enough

2. Try to drift into sleep with guided meditation

In this form of meditation, it’s likely that someone will lead you to sleep through meditation. According to Medium, “meditation improves the quality of your sleep, as it quells the endless chatter of your mind.” With that being said, you can turn on a tape and let someone coach you through relaxation. However, another part of guided meditation is the form of creating images in your head and finding your happy place. This practice is good for the anxious sleeper and athlete alike. For athletes, thinking of a good game you once had cannot only help you slip into a blissful state but can have a positive reflection on your performance. “Guided meditation and deep relaxation will help you to train your brain to slow down, enjoy life, and accept yourself.”

3. Try to breathe deep with mindfulness meditation

This popular form of meditation allows you to focus solely on the body. In an excerpt from Total Wellness Magazine Issue 5, Volume 14, mindfulness meditation ‚Äúharnesses the innate human capacity for self-awareness and attentiveness. Even stopping what you are doing for a couple of minutes to bring attention to your bodily sensations, breathing, and thought patterns qualifies as a valuable act of mindfulness.‚Äù Take note of your breath, where your mind wonders or how your toes wiggle. When you begin to become distracted, take the time to be present and still. Repeating the mantras from above can help you in this process. Combined with slow breathing, these practices will work together to ease you into a peaceful slumber. Don‚Äôt forget to sign up for the SHEEX Bed & Bracket Sleep Challenge with your email address to be entered for a chance to win this week‚Äôs prize, an Original Performance Down Alternative Comforter and Cooling Duvet Cover. Check your inbox regularly, as all winners will be notified via email. Visit SHEEX next week for our fourth Bed & Bracket theme and 7 more days of sleep challenges. Don‚Äôt forget to show us how you‚Äôre utilizing our tips! Share your Sleep Challenge success stories on social media using the hashtag #ScoreWithSHEEX. During week three, remember to practice personal wellness with our tips on mantras and meditation. SLEEP COOL. ¬†SLEEP DRY. SLEEP COMFORTABLE.™