Falling asleep ‘Focusing on breathing’

“Every night when I go to sleep, I die. When I wake up the next morning, I am reborn.” Gandhi

Many people feel frustrated with the racing thoughts that block their badly  needed sleep. When you practice this technique, the flow of thoughts is dramatically reduced, you will easily fall asleep and enjoy uninterrupted quality sleep. 

How do we do it?

To fall asleep: Turn off the lights. Lie down in your regular posture. Cover yourself as needed. Close your eyes.

  • Start practicing the ‘Segment mode’ (1). After completing some hands, you may fall asleep or sleepy but still awake and don’t like to move your fingers. Go to the next step.
  • Practice the ‘Counting mode’ (2). After a while, you may feel more sleepy or still awake but don’t like to count anymore. Go to the final step.
  • Practice the ‘Feeling mode’ (3). You will be surprised how smoothly you have fallen asleep.

Mid sleep
Many people wake up during sleep and get frustrated of of not being able to resume sleep. This is not unusual. Instead of feeling frustrated, practice the same sequence of modes, till you fall asleep. Think of this practice as “lying meditation’ .

Benefits

This is a powerful practice. It calms the mind by keeping thoughts out of the mind and relaxes the tense  muscles all over the body: hands, legs, trunk, neck and face. It helps you smoothly fall asleep and enjoy good quality sleep for longer hours with lesser or no interruptions.

The healing of mind and body initiated while falling asleep will continue during the sleep. When you routinely practice this technique at bedtime and enjoy 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep, your stress plummets. A new chapter opens in your life. Even those who practiced only at bedtime reported significant benefits for mind, body and relationships. Numerous success stories  on improving sleep and eliminating insomnia are at (4).

(1) Segment mode
(2) Counting mode
(3) Feeling mode
(4) Relief from insomnia Numerous success stories

Related pages
‘How to enjoy quality sleep and conquer insomnia by ‘Focusing on breathing’   Webpage    PDF
How can I focus on breathing? for the six different modes.
How to tame stubborn insomnia
Secrets of a great night’s sleeep
Sleep/ Insomnia – Web pages I like
Sleep – Books I like

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