Melt Into Deep Sleep, Using YouTube’s Meditations

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Lack of sleep can do more than make you a little drowsy the next day. Think fatigue, irritability, lack of focus and hunger pangs on one end to health risks ranging from depression to cancer on the other. If you opt for sleeping pills to help you sleep, you could be left feeling just as groggy as if you hadn’t slept at all and  end up with other side effects link dry mouth or even drug dependence.

Lack of sleep is a very big problem. Sometimes it’s due to factors we can’t control, like working long hours or being woken up earlier than you planned by construction noises. Insomnia was a public health concern long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the emotional and economic stressors of 2020 and 2021 have only made it worse. Throughout the pandemic, experts all over the world have reported an increase in insomnia prevalence as one of the many ways the COVID-19 has managed to ravage our health, whether or not the virus has actually infected us.

There are a lot of ways to improve your quality of sleep, from increasing your exercise, changing your diet, adding yoga or other rituals.

One of the simplest ways to help yourself, and even your kids, is to fall asleep listening to guided meditations, sleep stories or relaxing music. A 2018 review study suggested that mindfulness was more effective than other interventions alone in helping people drift into sleep. These recordings are available on paid apps like Calm or HeadSpace. In addition, you can find a good sampling of them for free on YouTube. MedShadow has assembled some our free favorites for you to try.

Mindfulness Meditations

These meditations focus on exactly what you’re feeling, here and now, letting you gradually let go of the day and fall asleep.  

Body Scan

Take a moment to focus on each part of your body — from forehead and chin, for example, down to soles and toes — one by one, to release tension and help prepare your body for a healing snooze.


 

Anxiety Release

Mind racing? Allow each leaf in the gentle forest imagery portrayed of the guided meditation to hold on to one of your worries and get it out of your head until morning. 


 

Sleep Stories

Soothing voices paint relaxing scenes in your head, giving you permission to leave the day’s stresses behind.

 

Christmas Eve at Hogwarts

Let your “inner kid” imagine wandering the magical halls of your favorite Harry Potter book, on a festive holiday morning.


 

Kingdom of the Sky

Let actor Idris Elba take you on a soothing journey high in the mountains of Lesotho, the world’s highest nation and a kingdom encircled by South Africa.


 

Sleep Stories for Kids

Adults aren’t the only ones who toss and turn. Help your little ones find restful, restorative sleep with these kid-friendly sleep stories.

 

Anxiety Release for Kids

Kids get stressed, too. In less than seven minutes, this meditation will help them visualize and let their worries go, one at a time.


 

The Magic Sleep Tent

With this meditation, your kid can picture a night sky filled with shooting stars on a comfortable camping trip.


 

Sleepy Paws

Your kid can enjoy whimsy and in this rhyming adventure with one tired koala who can’t catch shut-eye.


 

Music

At times, you don’t want to focus on anything at all, be it your own body or a sleep story. In  those cases, there’s soft, easy music that whisks you to dreamland.

 

Slow and soothing

Listen to relaxing dulcet tones composed on a keyboard and a computer.


 

Soft piano music and a babbling brook 

A melodic piano lulls you to sleep over a background of running water.


 

Binaural Beats

When you listen with headphones, the sounds’ frequencies delivered to each ear are slightly different. Some research suggests these mismatched sounds help prime your brain for sleep and relaxation.


 

 

 


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