This Easy Meditation Trick Is Helping Me Work Through My Insomnia


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Put me in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle and I will doze off in minutes. Red-eye flights are no big—I snooze soundly even while blasted by that frigid airplane AC and feel plenty rested upon landing. I fall asleep in movie theaters all the time. But at the end of the day, in the comfort of my (very expensive) foam-mattress bed? Forget it—most nights, I'm left staring at the ceiling for ages until I finally succumb to a few hours of fitful sleep.

I'm fairly certain there's no way of completely reversing my insomnia. My mother has been a terrible sleeper for as long as I can remember, and since the condition is often hereditary, I've pretty much come to accept that this is as my genetic cross to bear, along with bad eyesight and frizz-prone hair. I've certainly learned some tips and lessons over the years that have taken this problem from truly awful to just okay—for example, I always sleep a bit better when I'm exercising regularly, eating well, and actively looking for ways to de-stress.

One such outlet is meditation. But while it has worked wonders for my daily anxieties, most bedtime mindfulness exercises really haven't helped me fall asleep any quicker. That is until I learned about a trick that is so simple, I can't believe it didn't occur to me sooner.