Mindfulness Mini – Falling Asleep

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Irish Proverb

This tip is from Yoga Nidra which is a type of mediation that is a sleepless sleep. Ironically, Yoga Nidra often induces sleep, so I will share this as a technique to use when you are having trouble falling asleep. I use it myself regularly, and I have taught it to my kids as well. It reminds me of counting sheep, but it is a tad more sophisticated.

Start double counting a slow, steady breath backward as follows:
Inhale 72, Exhale 72
Inhale 71, Exhale 71
Inhale 70, Exhale 70
… … …
Inhale 2, Exhale 2
Inhale 1, Exhale 1

If you make it down to 1, start again at 72. I have not made it through this exercise more than three times without falling asleep. You really have to focus to keep count and prevent your mind from wandering. Good luck!

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24 thoughts on “Mindfulness Mini – Falling Asleep

  1. I have a recorded yoga nidra guided meditation. I was told that doing an hour of this was worth over 2 hours of actual sleep, and I used to do it a lot. You’ve reminded me about this, so I might dig it out. Thanks! πŸ’–

  2. Might just try this, i’ve always struggled with sleep, but even more so lately❀

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