Feeling tired? Tempted to reach for your next cup of coffee? Why not try meditating instead. Best-selling author of Mind Calm, Sandy C. Newbigging shared 3 compelling reasons why meditation is better than coffee for staying awake and active.
1 NATURAL HIGH VS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Let’s be honest, the majority of adults consume caffeine every day, with millions finding it hard to function without their daily doses.
Although many believe it helps them to calm down and get more done, recent research coming out of Duke University Medical Center has found that caffeine actually exaggerates stress with 4 cups of coffee raising blood pressure for many hours to levels that are high enough to cause heart attacks and strokes.
Meditation on the other hand is proven to give a natural high due to the happy hormones that are released, reduce stress levels, increase calm and productivity and also been found by researchers to reduce blood pressure and even decrease cardiovascular mortality.
2 MIND CALM FOR MORE CONSISTENT ENERGY
Thinking uses a massive amount of energy and is one of the hidden causes as to why people feel fatigued so frequently. Due to the interconnection between your mind and body, your physical form is constantly responding to and dealing with all of your mental activity.
Harvard University recently did a study that found the average person spends 47% of their day lost in the thinking mind. Meaning that for at least half of the day, most people are draining their all-important energy reserves.
Meditation techniques like Mind Calm and Body Calm that help you to think less, reduce the energy consumed by constant thinking and enable you to feel energized for longer.
3 DEEPER REALMS OF REST FOR ENERGISING SLEEP
Insomnia affects millions of people worldwide and is one of the reasons why so many people relay on copious amounts of coffee to get them through the day. Research carried out by the University of Southern California found that people who meditated showed improvements in sleep quality compared to those who didn’t.
While another study reported significantly greater reductions in ‘Time Awake Time’ and ‘Insomnia Severity’ when compared to the control group who didn’t meditate.
Meditation can help you to get to sleep more easily and get better quality rest from the sleep you get. Normally taking around five hours to eventually enter the deepest levels of sleep, with meditation, the mind and body are resting before entering sleep and once you do drift off, the deeper realms of rest are more quickly experienced and benefited from. Allowing you to wake up reinvigorated and ready for your day.
About the author
Sandy C. Newbigging is the creator and award-winning trainer of Mind Calm Meditation and the Mind Detox Method, and the bestselling author of numerous books. Sandy runs residential retreats internationally and trains practitioners through his academy.