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Old 10-11-2007, 01:28 PM   #1
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Question Can meditation replace sleep?

I have been meditating intensively for roughly 2 years now, I am completely self-taught and can attain very deep meditative states for long periods of time without falling asleep. I enjoy it very much, and have noticed many benefits. One of the major benefits being an increase in conscious awareness. My problem however is that because of this, I find it hard to get to sleep. My mind just doesn't want to turn off at night, or rather it doesn't need to. I have heard from someone that it is indeed possible and actually preferable to meditate over night rather than sleep, although they couldn't offer any hard evidence. I was hoping there may be a doctor or someone else qualified in this area of expertise who may be able to answer this question.

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Old 10-11-2007, 10:40 PM   #2
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Re: Can meditation replace sleep?

I am no doctor, but I am a meditator. Meditation helps you sleep. You must have sleep for many reasons - lack of sleep can cause major health problems so please don't go there.

In the course I am following, two sessions of 20 minutes a day is enough - I don't know what you are aiming for but whatever it is please don't go without sleep - meditation is not a substitute at all.

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