In any case, if you fall asleep, don't be alarmed: your body's response to meditation is usually a reflection of the thoughts, emotions and sensations that persist deep within you. Falling asleep is not a sign of failure, it is a sign that you are a relaxed (and possibly exhausted) meditator. Researchers also reported increases in alpha brainwaves for all levels of meditation depth compared to resting states. When it came to deeper states, some researchers observed increases in theta waves and decreases in central beta and low gamma waves.
In other words, high-alert and problem-solving brainwaves decreased, while relaxation-related brain waves increased. After eating, your body may work overtime to digest food, especially if you've eaten a lot. The digestion process can draw energy from the brain and create a little fog. It's quite common to get sleepy while meditating.
Active brain waves during meditation may be similar to those in the early stages of sleep. That means it's natural to feel a little sleepy during meditation from time to time. If your sleepiness becomes a major obstacle to your meditation practice, there may be underlying problems such as lack of sleep, chronic fatigue, or an illness to address. Talk to your doctor if you suspect this might be the case.
One secret to making the mind calm and meditate easier is to keep the body completely still, at least for some time. The body and mind are connected, and just as the body will have difficulty standing still when the mind is very restless, it also works the other way around. Keep your body totally still and you will begin to see that the mind will also become calmer and calmer, gradually settling down. When someone is new to meditation or visualization, one of the most common concerns is falling asleep.
Even long-time meditation practitioners fall asleep sometimes According to Headspace, one of the main reasons is that it can be difficult to find the ideal balance between concentration and relaxation, especially when you are starting out in practice. Deepak Chopra, guru of alternative medicine, author and public speaker, said that falling asleep during meditation can be due to lack of sleep, and to overcome it, one must go to bed on time.