What makes sleep vital rather than just important?
Just like our body needs healthy food to eat, impurity free water to drink and fresh and clean air to breath, it also needs an adequate amount of good quality sleep.
Due to this classification sleep is not just important but it actually is vital and perhaps superior to all other needs just mentioned in the previous sentence.
This is because while the other vital components of food, water and air might at certain times interfere in the smooth performance of our bodily functions during our active hours, our sleep time is the only time when our body and brain could actually settle down and solve any glitches to refresh and restore our default body behavior.
Good quality and adequate amount of sleep
Now if you recall the lines in the very beginning of this article, we used the words ‘an adequate amount of good quality sleep’ and there is a reason why we did this.
Experts believe that the amount of sleep is not as important to the well-being of any person as much as is the importance of its quality.
You might have experienced that sometimes even after long hours of sleep, you still feel tired. On the other hand, there are mornings when you wake up fresh and totally energetic even though you slept late in the night.
This clearly demonstrates how an adequate amount of good quality sleep supersedes long hours of restless sleep.
Activating your adequate and good sleep mode
Activating your good sleep mode means how well your body and mind is prepared to embrace it and begin the calm intended journey of sleep.
By ‘preparing your mind’ here means that the beginning of your ‘good sleep mode’ highly depends upon bringing all the other activities, thoughts and functions running and buzzing in your mind to a complete halt.
But a sudden stop to the already active modes of your mind is not always possible.
For instance, consider the example of you driving a car at high or even extreme speeds towards your destination which now is almost near. While there are no obstacles in your path, no cars and no chances of any accidents, would you still prefer stopping it all at once with a sudden jerk just at the moment you reach your destination? Or would you want to slow it down by gradually applying the brakes.
What is insomnia?
Quite similar to the example above when the same conditions tend to exist in the case of a human brain, it is sometimes referred to as insomnia.
Insomnia is a sleep disorder where a person is having difficulty falling asleep because its mind is driving at an unusual speed while processing through all sorts of irrelevant and junk thoughts.
But just like the above example, any mind facing either acute or chronic insomnia can be pulled over in a slow and gradual motion with certain techniques such as guided meditation.
What is guided meditation?
Meditation in general is a way to go through physiological changes which helps in influencing certain zones of our mind to initiate our sleep process.
While any person can meditate on its own, guided meditation in specific, is a way to let some other person or voice guide you through the meditation process. By instructing you about each and every step that you need to follow, guided meditation can be quite relieving and can instantly ignite the urge to fall asleep.
15 Best Guided Meditations for a Better Sleep and Relieve Insomnia
Guided meditations are easily available from various therapists in the form of meditation podcasts, meditation apps and online audio streaming.
For our readers, we have here compiled a list of our hand-picked selection of some really soothing meditation therapists and some really helpful meditation guides that we believe you should try.
But before we begin talking about these, make sure to follow the following routine first before beginning your guided meditation.
- Turn off the lights in your room and lie down on the bed or floor, whichever suits you more.
- Play the audio content but make sure that for a better experience, you use your earphones.
- Try to focus and divert your mind as much as possible towards the voice of the person that you are listening to. Instead of letting your mind sway away with some past memories, try to stay active in the current moment by deeply breathing in and out.
5 Best guided meditation therapists
We begin our compilation by introducing to you 5 best sleep guided meditation therapists.
1. Gabby Bernstein
If you prefer working out before going to bed every night, then perhaps guided meditations from Gabby Bernstein can suit your taste.
Her series of guided meditations which you can listen to while walking or standing, in her very upbeat voice or through the beat of the music will help you focus on each step to heal the connection between your mind and body.
2. Tara Brach
Tara Brach has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and her guided meditations are known for giving its listeners a deeper sense to focus more on establishing a strong and close bonded connection between their mind and body.
To sooth the listeners of her guided meditations, Tara Brach’s meditations are divided into four categories to select from namely basic, heart, open awareness and special meditations or reflections.
3. Andy Puddicombe
If it is your first time opting for guided meditation techniques, then learning a few things beforehand will probably serve you better and make the whole experience of guided meditation fruitful.
From telling you how to breath in and out, how to take more deep breaths at certain points and when to exhale; and how to visualize the external sounds in the guided meditation audios by aligning it with your breath and trying to feel it all across your body and not just ears, co-founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe walks you on your guided meditation journey in the most simplest and nourishing manner.
4. Jason Stephenson
With a soothing voice and the calm and gentle tone of the piano music, Jason Stephenson’s guided meditations can help you sink in the ocean of your sleep.
The objective of the guided meditations of Jason Stephenson is to explore the energy zones of the listener’s inner body and how the listener can use it to heal different parts of its life.
5. Rick Clarke
By helping its listeners understand that anxiety and stress are a common and inseparable part of every person’s life, Rick Clarke through his alluring voice will ask you to follow a slow breathing technique while trying to feel a totally peaceful surrounding.
Rick Clarke’s slow breathing techniques in his guided meditation audios can be especially applied at the time of an anxiety or panic attack.
10 Best meditation guides to listen and add to your YouTube list
While a few guided meditation therapists charge fees as subscriptions or ask for donations to help them continue and create more guided meditation tours, many others have uploaded their content on online platforms such as YouTube for free and publicly available access.
While we cannot exactly explain how we felt and how you would feel after listening to these guided meditations on YouTube, we are still confident that each of these is worth giving a shot.
1. Guided Meditation – Blissful Deep Relaxation by The Honest Guys
Duration: 18 minutes, 35 seconds
If you love the calm and natural sound of gentle ocean waves touching the seashore, then this short guided meditation by The Honest Guys is a perfect choice to make you comfortable and relaxed before you close your eyes for tonight’s sleep.
2. Guided Sleep Meditation – The Happiness of Your Higher Consciousness by Kim Carmen Walsh
Duration: 32 minutes, 41 seconds
This medium length guided meditation recording by Kim Carmen Walsh will help you find your own inner happiness and restore your necessary levels of deep sleep.
3. Perfect Deep Sleep: Talk down with Delta Wave Iso-chronic Tones and Binaural Beats by The Honest Guys
Duration: 30 minutes, 32 seconds
This another guided meditation in our list from The Honest Guys is a carefully designed sleep talk consisting of binaural beats and iso-chronic tones, to drag you gently in the delta wave zone for a perfect and deep sleep.
4. Deep Sleep Meditation with Affirmations: Unstoppable Courage, Confidence and Inner Power by PowerThoughts Meditation Club
Duration: 1 hour, 43 minutes, 53 seconds
This guided meditation by PowerThoughts Meditation Club will make your spirit, mind and body flow into a state of deep and reviving sleep.
Being the first guided meditation tour in their series titles as ‘The Deep Sleep Meditation and Affirmation Series’, it focuses on strengthening aspects like inner energy, self-confidence and determination.
Because of being quite long, many listeners are sure to fall in a peaceful and calming sleep way before they can complete listening to it.
5. Guided Meditation for a Deep Peaceful and Calm Sleep by Meditation Vacation
Duration: 47 minutes, 16 seconds
In this binaural beats containing guided meditation by Meditation Vacation, listeners can visualize the spoken words of the guide and fall prey to a peaceful and deep sleep.
6. Sleep Talk Down Guided Meditation: Fall Asleep Faster with Sleep Music and Spoken Word Hypnosis by Jason Stephenson
Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes, 15 seconds
With a slow, soft and heartwarming music in the background, Jason Stephenson uses the technique of hypnosis to encourage deep sleep within the listeners.
7. Sleep Hypnosis Meditation Female Voice – Guided Meditation Sleep by Self Health Hypnosis
Duration: 33 minutes
With a calming, soft and beautiful female voice and meditation music in the background, this meditation guide is there to provide you with a full body relaxation sleep hypnosis to lure you into a deep sleep.
8. Dreamscape Music for Relaxation and Sleep by Peaceful Productions Studio
Duration: 8 hours and 8 seconds
This super unusually long meditation guide uses music specifically chosen to help activate the frequency of your brain that promotes deep sleep. The peaceful instrumental, soft and ambient music side-by-side with Delta waves (waves with the same frequency that promote deep sleep) will help you relieve insomnia and promote stress release and enable deep dreaming.
9. Deep Sleep Guided Meditation: Relaxation Music – Delta Binaural Beat – Dissolve Overthinking by PowerThoughts Meditation Club
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute, 4 seconds
If you have had a rough day and your mind seems nowhere to stop shortly with its rushing thoughts, then this meditation guide by PowerThoughts Meditation Club in its slow paced voice and delta binaural beat will help your mind slowly soothe down and indulge in a deep sleep.
10. Guided Meditation for Sleep. Hypnosis with Subconscious Programming to Fall Asleep by Guided Meditation with Nicky Sutton
Duration: 1 hour, 16 minutes, 18 seconds
In this one of the best pieces of meditation guides by Nicky Sutton, for the first few minutes the listeners are guided to bring calmness and relax their body which is then followed by affirmation to reprogram their mind and activate the desire for a deep sleep.
No matter how hard you try, there are times and thoughts of past mistakes and regrets, opportunities lost, etc. which can hinder your present performance and your plans of a better future and peaceful future.
But since we do not have a physical brake or a stop button in our body or life to end bring an end to these causes of stress and anxiety, we can still make use of techniques such as guided meditations to return our thoughts to normal and make most of the present situation that we are in.