The scientific benefits of meditation are extensive and well-documented. When you know what you’re doing, meditation works. Sleep and energy levels improve. Stress levels go down. Immunity is strengthened. Digestion is more balanced. The ageing process slows. Coping with change is easier. Mental clarity and focus sharpens.
An out-of-rhythm lifestyle can throw off the gut and your sleep. And an out-of-rhythm gut can throw your entire life off-kilter – and screw up your sleep to boot. Conversely, good gut health can facilitate good sleep. So, the better you tend to your gut, the easier it will be to fall asleep and stay asleep.
The biological laws that govern sleep are more potent than social obligations and work responsibilities, as well as the pharmaceuticals created to override them (we’re looking at you, Ambien). They were written back when our ancestors were living in caves and huts, waking with the sun, eating the plants provided by nature, and resting as darkness fell. Even if our lifestyles are quite different today, our DNA hasn’t changed all that much.
The impetus for writing an entire book about getting better sleep is simple: sleep is fundamental to health and happiness. Rather than one-off sleep hacks or quick, easy fixes, getting better sleep requires deeper, more integrated approaches.
Sleep – and doing it well – has become a huge issue, even for those who never had much trouble with it, pre-pandemic. On the bright side, the new, slowed-down routine has given the sleep-deprived time to focus on straightening out their sleep issues. By the time we get to the other side of the pandemic, those new, good sleep habits will be firmly entrenched.