Questions tagged [sleep]

Issues related to sleep and sleep patterns and how Buddhist practice may affect them. The issues could be related to meditation, ethical practice or another area of Buddhist practice.

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Is meditating when tired a waste of time?

I like to meditate sometimes just before bed. Invariably I end up drifting off into dream type states and ending the mediating early. Is it a waste of time to meditate when tired or conversely are ...
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Vipassana and sleep quality disturbance

I tried vipassana meditation and where i used to follow my belly for the inhale exhale. Every time I practised, I found that my sleep quality was disturbed. I found myself tired next day after the ...
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Sleep, rest and meditation?

I’m wondering what your meditation practice’s effects are on your sleep. I’m asking this because I have a strange tendency, habit of waking up with very troubled thoughts and memories of past ...
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Drowsiness / Sloth & Torpor

Does drowsiness as a defilement only refer to a psychological state of mind? I know that emotions manifest also as physical phenomena, but how do I distinguish between physical exhaustion and ...
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Has a teacher referred to sleep as a form of 'lazy nirvana'?

The other night at a group meditation meeting, I mentioned to another practitioner that sleep is a 'lazy form of Nirvana'. My memory tells me that Tara Brach or another teacher jokingly referred to ...
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Can an ordained person keep a late sleep schedule?

If a person has health reasons that make sleeping late (say, 3am-11am) a necessity, can such a person appropriately hold monastic vows in the Geluk tradition of Tibetan Buddhism? Are there certain ...
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What is the best meditation practice to fall asleep?

I want to know if exist some practice to meditate when I am ready to sleep, in order to train while I am dreaming.
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Benefits of sleeping in a sitting posture

Occasionally some buddhists monks will take up the practice of only sleeping in a sitting posture for an extended duration of time - sometimes up to 3 months. What are the meditational (preferably ...
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Does the level of awareness of an awakened buddhist also stay the same event when he sleeps?

But when an enlightened person lives he could be in the present all the time. But when you sleep your conscious/awareness may be different or just disappear. So does the level of awareness of an ...
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Meditating as sleep aid

Every book that I have read about Buddhism and medititation says that, as meditation cultivates concentration and awareness, one should never fall asleep while doing it. So, what about when I cannot ...
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Sleep - What about it?

What are the proper relax / Sleep practices for a practitioner of meditation methods? As to Buddhist point of view what is sleep and how to cope with it?
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Meditation Into A Dream State

Does anyone know if one can fall asleep into a dream while in the process of mindful insight practice and still maintain mindfulness and concentration? This would be different than establishing ...
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What is the Buddhist Perspective on Lucid Dreaming?

What is the buddhist perspective on lucid dreaming? I am very curious about my first lucid dream last night.
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What meditation practice will allow me to sleep less and focus more?

I have an issue picking meditation to practice during my free time as a medical student. My free time is limited and my stress levels are sky high. What is the best meditation practice for me out ...
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Going from a waking state into the dream state while being conscious

I just listened to a audio dhamma talk by Ajahn Punnadhammo. Its called "Stop thinking" and can be found here. In the last 5 minutes of the talk Ajahn Punnadhammo mentions some good exercises for ...
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Sleep and meditation

I'm a spiritual and somewhat crazy person, and have been taught both zen and samatha meditation, though I rarely practice either. I just underwent a series of short micros sleeps, which were ...
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Should I avoid using Mindfulness to fall asleep?

Is the use of Mindfulness of breath for falling asleep a "bad" practice? Might such a practice invite torpor during sitting meditation?
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Meditation and being aware in your sleep while dreaming

I noticed a reply Andrei made on a post on the results of meditating, that you become aware in your sleep while dreaming, so that your mind knows it's a dream: Mindfulness during sleep Do Arhats ...
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Vibrations while sleeping

The following questions are targeted to Vipassana. Nevertheless, contributions from other traditions are appreciated. is there any stage where it is expected that meditators feel vibrations while ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

I sleep the hours which are said to be needed, but I still feel sleepy. I've been drinking coffee recently to eliminate grogginess, and it does work for me. However, I was wondering if there are other ...
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Sleep, references to the buddha and other arhats

I have heard on various occasions that the Buddha slept very little. I was wondering if there is any theory out there that explains this. I was also looking for some specific reference in the ...
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How to wake up properly after a nights sleep?

My mind tends to be more unbalanced after waking up than before going to bed. I try to observe breath and sensations but the mind is pretty muddled. This raises the question if the mind is making ...
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Mindfulness during sleep

I have heard that monatics in many cases sleep as little as 4-5 hours per night. In what way do they train, to reduce the amount of sleep needed for nightly restitution? Are there methods of training ...
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Why is it that I always experience sleep paralysis (suffocating) very often? [closed]

Is there anything I can do to avoid sleep paralysis? Has this got anything to do with astral projection?
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Can meditation cause you to sleep less?

Over the last few months I've started meditating late on a night (as well as my usual morning practice). I'm finding that I am sleeping less but not feeling tired because of it. Is there any ...
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Is there some scripture reference to dream yoga?

By dream yoga I mean the practices intended to attain lucid dreaming, and then using that ability to realize that the world as we know does not exists as perceived (as in a dream) so one can reach the ...
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Do Arhats sleep?

I have read somewhere that Arhats (people who attained Nirvana) do not sleep like normal people do. Instead they just stay calm in a suitable position to give the rest required for the physical body, ...