Do you find it difficult to relax in the evening? Do you lie down in bed only to have your mind suddenly filled with to-do lists and ruminations over stressful events of the past? And, once you do manage to finally drift off, is the sleep you manage to get restless and far from the restorative break you really need?
Incorporating meditation into your bedtime routine is a great way to quiet your mind and relax your body to prepare for sleep. In fact, even leading sleep experts advocate the benefits of this practice for both reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep and improving the quality of sleep.
Finding the right guided meditation for you can be a bit of a cumbersome task: What works for one person may be absolutely grueling for another. With a search turning up thousands upon thousands of options — where does one even begin?
We’ve compiled a list of the Best Guided Meditations For Sleep that YouTube has to offer. Simply choose one that speaks to you, get comfortable and go to sleep.
Quiet Mind Cafe offers up this guided meditation for full muscle relaxation and deep restorative sleep. By guiding both your body and mind into a state of complete relaxation before falling asleep, you will be able to fall asleep faster and enjoy a more sound sleep.
TheHonestGuys produce a variety of high quality guided meditation videos which they provide for free on YouTube. This practice, designed to guide you into a state of deep relaxation, is perfect for a pre-bedtime cooldown. It includes approximately 10 minutes of speech, then — once fully relaxed — you can simply enjoy the soothing sounds of the beach until you drift off to sleep.
TingleBelleASMR branched out from her typical ASMR videos with this guided meditation to help relax your muscles and prepare you for sleep. Even if you are not someone who experiences ASMR, you may still find her soft whispers have a soothing effect. This video also includes lovely visuals of a sparking fire in a dark night that you can focus on to quiet your mind.
If you’d like to try yoga nidra but don’t have a full hour available in your schedule this short 16-minute video from Yoga Nidra Guide is a great option. A soothing female voice guides you through the transition from waking to sleep, passing through a deep stage of complete relaxation in which the mind is still and filled with a sense of peace and inner awareness.
While the language makes this meditation from Sleep Ezy Relax – Sleep Meditation Music kid friendly, it’s equally suitable for all ages. Let yourself be carried away by your imagination: take a trip to the zoo and float through the sky in a hot air balloon in this relaxing 14-minute video.
Remember that variety is the spice of life: While many of these meditations are designed so that you can listen to them over and over again, with time you may find they lose their effectiveness.
Instead, we recommend that you switch between different videos that you enjoy for maximum effect. Simply bookmark this article as a reference and whenever you’re tossing and turning on your mattress and are in need you’ll be able to quickly find a guided meditation to help you sleep.
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Alisa Paliano is the editor in chief at Nestmaven.com where she writes about sleep related topics from sleep disorders to how to get better sleep at night. She has a Bachelor of Honors in information science, loves yoga, healthy food and chocolate (and is totally fine with that contradiction).