Now this could go one of two ways. Keep reading and you’ll understand why.
Some people meditate to relax and find that the practice calms them down. Others, however, discover more often than not that meditation energizes them and prepares them for the day. If you are in the latter category, then meditating to sleep is probably not your best solution (try chamomile tea). If meditating relaxes you, however, then you might find this Huffington Post from Martin Boroson of some value.
Boroson, in this thoughtful post, writes about one night in particular where sleep eluded him. Quite candidly he shares his thought process acknowledging just how pervasive the monkey mind can be.
What I learned on that night is how the mind can defer anything, even peacefulness, and how this deferring creates even more stress. I learned that the goal is not just to meditate more, or to meditate better, but to grab a moment to meditate wherever I am, no matter what is happening, no matter how strange the circumstances. I learned that the length of the meditation may not matter as much as the attempt to do it right now, if only for a moment.
So the next time you find yourself stressed out, or caught in an insomniac loop, just try doing a moment of meditation, right where you are. Don’t worry if your form isn’t perfect. Do it on your back, on your front, on your side or snuggling a pillow. Do it while you are cuddling your partner, or your teddy bear. Just do it. And if it doesn’t calm you down in this moment, try again in this moment.
Read more from Boroson on how to use meditation to cure insomnia here.