What is acceptance meditation and how could it help you sleep?

BY DR. NERINA RAMLAKHAN FOR stylist

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Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, physiologist and author of The Little Book Of Sleep, says doing this every night in bed could be the key to achieving a state of deep and healing sleep.

Meditation has been proven, countless times over, to reduce stress and minimise anxiety. Physiologist and sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, though, believes that meditation (specifically, acceptance meditation) can also have a huge impact on the quality of our sleep.

“This simple meditation will not only lull you to sleep but also help you to feel better about yourself. 

Dr Nerina Ramlakhan

Here, she explains how reciting a simple mantra each night, and practicing the art of self-compassion, can help you to achieve a state of sattvic sleep.

What does it mean to get a good night’s sleep? It’s not just about quantity. It’s about getting the right type and quality of sleep. I use the Sanskrit word sattvic to describe the type of sleep we should be getting – pure, deep, natural and healing.

This is the kind of sleep where you wake up feeling refreshed, filled with vitality and looking forward to the day ahead. It not only heals us but also heals those around us. We wake up smiling and that energy is contagious; it affects our loved ones, the people we encounter on our journey into work, our colleagues and clients and the very work that we do – the work of life.

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SleepClaire Thorburn