Transcendental Meditation
and Insomnia

TM Reduces Insomnia by Between 35% – 65%

The quality of our sleep is an essential factor in the quality of our waking lives. As much as 35% of adults in western countries report regular occurrences of sleep deprivation. There is a large and increasing body of evidence that insomnia contributes to cardiovascular disease. 

Scientific research indicates that the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces insomnia by approximately 30% to 65% as measured by a standard scale. 

Neurologists have found that practising TM naturally increases serotonin, the neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in regulating mood and sleep-wake cycles. Healthy levels of serotonin promote restful sleep.

Practitioners of the TM technique, as compared to a control group, showed highly significant increases 5-HIAA, (a serotonin metabolite), indicating an increase in rest and fulfilment. Lower levels of VMA were also found, indicating a decrease in the stress response of ‘flight or fright’.

There are many reasons for insomnia and sleeping difficulties, but the most frequent cause is anxiety and stress. Sleep is supposed to bring rest and rejuvenation, but if the mind and body have built up an accumulation of stress and strain, this can interfere with the natural functioning of the nervous system.

The way to break the insomnia cycle is to give the whole physiology a dose of profound inner rest and stillness. Transcendental Meditation is highly effective at producing a state of deep inner calm. Many people report an immediate improvement in their sleep quality after learning TM.

Transcendental Meditation is a 20-minute power rest that can get you off that roundabout and activate your body’s healing power. Doing TM twice a day gradually removes your body’s stress, strain, and fatigue. As a result, the mind is more settled and clear, which in the morning leaves you ready to dive into your activities, and in the evening refreshes you to enjoy your life more fully.

RESEARCH ON TM AND INSOMNIA

Details on Research on Transcendental Meditation

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