Meditation and sleep are similar in some ways yet are very different and both are Very Important
The amount of energy that we get from meditation is much more than sleep. By doing meditation, you can turn your body into a powerhouse by generating an inner source of energy.
Meditation and sleep both give deep rest. However, the quality of rest from meditation is deeper. Meditation gives you rest, deeper than the deepest sleep. 20 minutes of meditation can equal to eight hours of good sleep.
What happens when we have slept more than usual? We feel lazy and lethargic. Ideal duration of sleep should be between six-eight hours per day. More or less of sleep can lead to stress and imbalances. At the same time, we donâ€™t have to meditate the whole day to have a deeper experience. It is normally sufficient to meditate for 20 minutes in a day.
A True Complement
Meditation improves the quality of your sleep – though it isnâ€™t a substitute to sleep. Sleep and meditation, both are important. In fact meditation complements sleep. With daily meditation, we experience a deeper and a more restful sleep. If you are suffering from sleepless nights than regular meditation practice can be the best insomnia treatment.
Free your mind
Both sleep and meditation refresh us but meditation can free us from past impressions. With regular practice of meditation, we are able to shake off our emotional garbage stored in our mind for years and feel rejuvenated.
Freedom to choose
We cannot really choose to sleep; we can only sleep when we are sleepy, while we can choose to meditate whenever we want to. It could be anytime during the day, although morning hours are preferable.
Meditation is not a substitute to sleep. Both sleep and meditation have their own benefits. When practiced regularly, meditation can enhance the quality of your sleep.