Calm Before Bed: How Breathwork Improves Sleep

When my head hits the pillow, my mind tends to race, keeping me up. I'm sure you can relate! Focusing on my breath for just 5 minutes makes all the difference.

Calm Before Bed: How Breathwork Improves Sleep
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As we wind down from the day, I wanted to share a simple ritual that helps me relax before bed...
When my head hits the pillow, my mind tends to race, keeping me up. I'm sure you can relate! Focusing on my breath for just 5 minutes makes all the difference.
I get comfortable in bed, close my eyes, and silently repeat the mantra “My breath is calm” with each inhale and exhale. Staying focused on this steady rhythm keeps me anchored in the present, letting all other thoughts fade away.
Feelings of tension melt out of the body with each exhale. If my mind wanders, I gently bring it back to the breath.
Chanting “Om Namah Shivaya” 108 times induces an even deeper sense of calm before sleep. This meditative mantra is said to relax the mind and body profoundly.
As Rumi wrote, “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.”
Before sleep tonight, reflect on: where do you sense a void or unrest in your soul? How could this simple breathwork begin to fill and soothe it?
Make this practice a nightly ritual to fill your soul and kindle restful sleep.
Sleep soundly, my friend.
 

Here is a quick summary on using breathwork to improve sleep:

What to do:
  • Take 5 minutes before bed to focus on your breath
  • Silently repeat "My breath is calm" with each inhale and exhale
  • If your mind wanders, gently return to the breath
What to hear: Chant "Om Namah Shivaya" 108 times to induce deep relaxation
What to say: "My breath anchors me in the present moment, allowing peaceful sleep to arrive."
 

Listen to the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra

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Written by

Preeti Mahakatha

Principal Singer, Co-founder of Mahakatha