Ever feel like there’s no way on earth you’ll be able to find a few spare minutes to meditate? You’re running on empty with an endless list of tasks, responsibilities, and commitments. What if you could wake up a bit earlier, or go to bed a little later without worrying about getting enough sleep?
What if I told you that you could swap out some of your time spent slumbering for meditation instead? I know that might sound crazy, and you’re probably wondering: Does meditation count as sleep? Short answer, yes. Studies show that you can safely replace a portion of your sleep with meditation and still feel rested and alert.
Let’s put it this way: if they were food, snoozing would be your hearty main course and meditation your refreshing appetizer. The appetizer definitely gets your taste buds going, and can stave off the worst hunger pangs, Meditation, our appetizer, relaxes and refreshes you, providing a much-needed pause button in our fast-paced lives. But like an appetizer, it isn’t the whole meal.
Sleep, on the other hand, is the main course of our rest menu. It’s when you physically and mentally get the chance to fully repair, rejuvenate, and get ready for the next level of the game of life.