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"I have terrible insomnia, and about a year ago I started doing TM. After four days of doing TM I could suddenly sleep. It was crazy. You don't need the Ambien! You can sleep magically all of a sudden!"

Lo Bosworth

The secret to a good night's sleep

If you are the kind of person that has trouble falling asleep at night, or wakes up at 3am worrying about work, or maybe just feel rubbish first thing in the morning, you are not alone. Statistics show that insomnia is a major problem in many societies, with as much as 25% of adults reporting regular occurrences of sleep deprivation..

However you might be interested to discover that stress may be the culprit and therefore a remedy is available.

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There are many reasons for insomnia and sleeping difficulties, but the most frequent cause is anxiety and stress. Sleep is supposed to bring rest and rejuvenation, but if the mind and body have built up an accumulation of stress and strain, this can interfere with the natural functioning of the nervous system.

When we're tired, we don't think as clearly, are more distracted, and take longer to complete our tasks. We also may stay up too late trying to finish off what didn't get done due to inefficiency during the day. All this ends up creating a vicious cycle of fatigue, lack of rest, too much activity, and more fatigue.

According to Neil B. Kavey from National Sleep Foundation, stress causes insomnia by making it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep, and by affecting the quality of your sleep. Stress causes hyperarousal, which can upset the balance between sleep and wakefulness.

An insomnia hack?

The way to break the cycle is to give the whole physiology a dose of profound inner rest, or stillness.

Just a short 15/20 minute power break can get us off that roundabout and activate the body's own healing power. Doing this a couple of times every day can gradually remove all the stress, strain and fatigue from our body.

Indeed, scientific research shows that meditation, specifically Transcendental Meditation (TM) has been proven to help with insomnia.

The most common cause of Insomnia

The most common cause of insomnia is stress and anxiety. Many research studies have found that the TM technique is highly effective at producing a state of deep inner calm.

Many people report an immediate improvement in their sleep quality after learning the TM technique.

Reduced insomnia through TM

Source:Journal of Counselling and Development

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Research showing TM's effect on Insomnia

Published 2000 to present

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Orme-Johnson DW & Dillbeck MC. Methodological Concerns for Meta-Analyses of Meditation: Comment on Sedlmeier et al. Psychological Bulletin 2014; 140(2):610-16.
Elder C, Nidich S, et al, Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Burnout: A randomized controlled study. The Permanente Journal, 2014 Winter; 18(1):19-23.



Haratani T., et al. Effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on the health behavior of industrial workers. Japanese Journal of Public Health 37 (10 Suppl.): 729, 1990.
Lovell-Smith H. D. Transcendental Meditation?treating the patient as well as the disease. The New Zealand Family Physician 9: 62?65, April 1982.
Orme-Johnson D. W., et al. Meditation in the treatment of chronic pain and insomnia. In National Institutes of Health Technology Assessment Conference on Integration of Behavioral and Relaxation Approaches into the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Insomnia, Bethesda Maryland: National Institutes of Health, 1995



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