There are many factors that affect the quality of your night time sleep and we’ve all experienced sleepless nights with the debilitating effects the next day and for many this is a recurring problem. It is claimed that prolonged poor sleep quality can lead to issues with mental health and can also manifest itself in your physical health too. Anxiety, stress and worry are often major causes of not getting a good night’s sleep or waking up earlier than you need.
Several studies have shown that people practicing mindfulness suffer less with insomnia, have improved sleep quality and suffer less with impairment during the day. By being mindful even while you are trying to sleep you will be able to the identify the negative thought patterns, worries and anxious feelings and observe them with a kindness and self-compassion that allows you to relax and sleep.
You can also easily practice your mindfulness before bed ensuring you are thinking about the present moment instead of worrying about the days events or what is going to happen tomorrow before you get into bed. For example mindfully brush your teeth or mindfully take a bath or shower. Obviously make sure you do not use your phone before bed too.
A good night’s sleep will also help your mindfulness practice too as sleep deprivation reduces your emotional regulation. Whereas being more mindful will increase you emotional regulation. Reduced emotional regulation will lead to poorer choices and decisions and will likely make you more reactive making practising your mindfulness more challenging.