iPads. iPhones. Androids. Laptops. 60 inch TVs. Work. Commutes. Layoffs. House moves. Screaming kids. Husbands. Wives. Divorces. Families. Even just writing this list is stressing me out! Stress is all around us, 24/7 – heck, if your reading this then you must be on some kind of device right now (don’t click off though…not yet!).
The American Medical Association has ‘noted’ that stress is the basic cause of all human illness and disease. That’s insane. That puts it up there with alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, cigarettes and crappy food. We need to chill the F out.
But its tricky. It can be all but impossible to get away from this stress. It never really goes away. We can just try to ignore it and deal with it as best we can. Try and calm down once in a while. Try to get some really good, deep, restful sleep.
That’s what I needed. A proper nights sleep. Relaxation. It was like I had forgotten HOW to relax.
I honestly can’t remember what triggered me to try looking up this stuff. I must have had a bad day. I can’t even remember what I typed into search on Spotify. But somehow, the Tracks To Relax Guided Meditation Podcast found me.
Obviously, I was dubious and skeptical the moment I heard the word ‘Meditation’. I’m not a hippy. I can’t cross my legs. I have no desire to explore my subconscious. I don’t give a shit if I breathe out of my nose or my mouth.
But I gave it a shot. What the heck.
It was pretty cool. A guys voice began telling me to relax. There was quiet, peaceful background music. Very tranquil.
I rolled with it and played along. And as I did, I began to feel myself relaxing into the bed. He continued describing a journey down an escalator, describing the lighting, describing a walk down a corridor, down another escalator – all the while reminding me that I was feeling more and more relaxed.
And – incredibly – I was...
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Imagine spending the night in a wonderful treehouse that's located in a tropical rainforest. The sounds of nature is all around you, a nearby waterfall and soothing background music complete the relaxing scene. Tonight you are one with nature and all your stress and worries fade away as you become part of the environment around you. Deep relaxation and restful sleep await you with this new long play sleep meditation episode. Coming soon for our Gold and Silver Patrons.
Millions of people have trouble getting to sleep and don’t look forward to bedtime. Lying there with your mind racing through all your worries and to do lists while you try to fall asleep can be quite stressful. When it starts to happen on a regular basis it can become very frustrating resulting in a pattern of insomnia which can be hard to break. Until now.
The secret to falling asleep quickly and getting the deep sleep you need is to distract your mind while relaxing your body. One of the best ways to do that, is to use guided sleep meditations that incorporate language techniques that engage the imagination while providing subtle suggestions to help your physical body relax.
Tracks To Relax specialize in sleep meditations that use advanced Neuro-Linguistic techniques that help the listener become more deeply involved in the meditation. What does this mean? Where regular meditations typically describe an experience only visually, Tracks To Relax meditations describes the things you can see, hear and feel in the experience. Some people are visual and find it easy to imagine pictures in their mind as they listen to a beach scene being described. Some people prefer to focus on the sound of the ocean waves because that’s what makes it more realistic for them. As well, there are people who would much rather concentrate on the feeling of the sand under their feet and the warmth of the sunshine because their sense of touch is easier to focus on. When we include all three senses in the experience we then have created a meditation that will appeal to everyone.
Once the listener is in the process of seeing, hearing and feeling an experience, we can then engage the listener further. This is accomplished by creating an effect from an action such as “And as you walk along the beach, listening to the sound of the ocean and feeling the sunshine on your face, you can relax a little bit more with each step you take.” The suggestion to relax is offered as part of the experience with the effect is of deeper physical relaxation. Usually within the first 10-15 minutes of the meditation, the listener simply drifts off into a peaceful deep sleep with little to no effort.
These are just some of the powerful techniques we use at Tracks To Relax to create deeply relaxing sleep meditations. If you want to get a better night’s sleep, look for these wonderful meditations on Spotify or iTunes Podcasts or visit www.TracksToRelax.com
When we started creating the Tracks To Relax Guided Sleep Meditation Podcast we never expected our episodes would be listened to over 10 million times! We have to thank our over 400 Patrons for making this possible because without you, we'd probably be doing things a lot differently or not at all.
Patreon has provided us with the platform that allows us to generate the financial support we need to continue to create. Before we started our Patreon page, revenue was unpredictable and barely covering our costs. Now, with Patrons like you, we are growing and we're able to continue to create new guided meditations for you to enjoy!
Later this month we'll be visiting the Isle Of Wight in England and creating an Ocean Side Sleep Meditation while we're there as well. Other sessions that are coming soon include "Island Of Solitude" where you are alone on a Tropical Island with everything you need! The "Dark Castle" were you visit that castle on the top of the hill (as mentioned in A Walk In The Forest) and discover what's inside, and also one that we're calling "The Screening Room" where you sit in a movie theatre and change whatever bad habit or behaviour you would like to change for yourself.
We have big plans for the Tracks To Relax Brand and look forward to continuing to bring you new guided sleep meditations each month on Patreon.
Thank you!, Thank you, Thank you for your support!
Alan & Nikki
Hummingbirds use torpor sleep to survive on the coldest winter nights, a type of deep sleep where the animal lowers its metabolic rate by up to 95%. By slowing it's body and body temperature down to a hypothermic threshold barely sustaining its life, the hummingbird uses 50% less energy. Luckily, we don't have to completely slow down our heart rate and cool our body temperature in order to conserve energy-- what we really need is proper stages of sleep.
There are 4 stages of sleep, including REM sleep;
Stage 1 - Light sleep, you can be woken up very easily
Stage 2 - Eye movement and brain waves slow
Stage 3 - Brain waves are slow, synchronized and oscillating
Stage 4 - Deep sleep which includes no eye movement or muscle activity
Now, all animals sleep even though scientists are still uncertain of the exact purpose of sleep. A study on mice in non-REM sleep showed that sleep allowed space in the tissue of the brain so that cerebral fluid could flow and clear away toxins, which may explain why we feel "reset" in the morning.
Most people end up interested in sleep science and sleep theory because of insomnia. It's absolutely astounding how many people struggle every night with falling asleep. Possibly the most interesting aspect of getting a good night's rest is the science behind mood congruence. When we sleep, we are consolidating information and strengthening our memories. Your level of personal positive attitude can be dependent on how much sleep you're getting. We develop a chemically induced memory of negative emotions, outlooks and self image that continually self-perpetuates as we continue to sleep poorly. Negativity is amplified when we're sleep deprived can can add to a model of depression in adults.
Why do sleep meditations work so well to train new sleep habits?
We associate memories with sounds and subconsciously construct our ideas about the world during our sleep cycles. This is why our meditations allow you to drift further away from consciousness and past the light sleep stages so that your subconscious can absorb positive life affirmations. Because of the stage where these ideas about positivity, gratitude, confidence, etc. are suggested, the brain has an easier way of creating connections and enhancing the information so that it can be useful in your waking life. The style of meditation trains your brains synopses to not be interrupted as the noise decreases and allows you to relax fully so that you can sleep soundly, and your mind can be reinvigorated by a good night of sleep.
The science of sleep is incredibly interesting and this really only skims the very surface of why guided meditations can help you sleep better. To experience this easy method of training your brain and body, you can visit our Patreon Page to learn more. New this week is the podcast about Reflections of Change, as well.
I was surprised recently by some of the facts presented by the National Sleep Foundation regarding how a lack of sleep affects people's performance and behaviours. Here's the top 3 items that caught my eye...
Divorced, separated and widowed people experience more insomnia.
This isn't much of surprise since people in any one of these situations probably have a lot of responsibilities on their mind at any given time. It's important to be able to calm the mind at bedtime and stop all those thoughts about what needs to be done, how things will get done and how the heck we're going to do them! A calm mind leads to a calm body and helps you fall asleep more quickly. You'll also be more rested, focused and energized to get all those things done the next day too because you got a good night's sleep!
The body never adjusts to shift work.
This makes sense because our bodies have a natural rhythm. I imagine that if someone was put on a tropical island without clocks or a smart phone how quickly they would begin to go to sleep and awaken in sync with the rising and setting of the sun. Of course if you've got to work shifts, it would be beneficial to have something that you could listen to to calm you mind and body so you don't have to try so hard to get to sleep when you need to. After all, as with many things, the harder you try... the less likely you are to fall asleep... kinda like pushing a string...
More than eight in ten survey respondents think that people often or sometimes misuse prescription sleep aids.
Lots of people are popping pills to get to sleep which may be completely unnecessary. The more you listen to guided sleep meditations the faster they work, it's like conditioning your mind and body to calm down when it's time to go to sleep. Best of all, sleep meditations are non addictive, allow you to wake up alert and refreshed and are way less expensive that pills.
If you've had problems sleeping, give guided sleep meditations a try! It's as simple as slipping on your headphones, visiting www.patreon.com/trackstorelax and pressing play. Pleasant dreams!
If you'd like to read more sleep facts from the National Sleep Foundation, just click here.
Nikki and I are so glad you found our Tracks To Relax Sleep Meditation Blog! We're working hard to bring you new guided sleep meditations each and every month through either Patreon and Podbean!