Transcending…and better sleep
One of the first things many TM practitioners notice is better sleep.
One of the first things that many TM practitioners notice is better sleep. Sleeping disorders can often be related to stress and, today, we are able to provide a more scientific explanation for this.
One of the most common causes for sleeping problems is an abnormally low level of the “happiness hormone” serotonin. Stress is a big influence on this. As the normal functioning of the nervous system is disrupted, serotonin production will decrease. The practice of Transcendental Meditation increases the serotonin level spontaneously and reduces the level stress-related hormones, which affects a large number of areas in life particularly the quality of sleep.
When we activate the body’s own healing power, we may notice that our sleep improves spontaneously.
The first study of the effects of Transcendental Meditation on insomnia was a small pilot study at the University of Alberta in Canada. A group of insomnia patients was asked to register the average amount of time it took to fall asleep, for 30 days prior to learning TM, and for 30, 60 and 90 days afterwards. The average time dropped from 75.6 minutes to 15 minutes and remained stable at that time. (p<.001). A subsequent study showed that also in the long term, after 1 year, the time needed to fall asleep remained stable around 15 minutes.Ref.Scientific Research on TM, Collected Papers vol 1: 41 pp 296-298
Large study in Japan
A large study, carried out by the Japanese National Institute of Industrial Health, established that 427 Sumitomo Heavy Industries employees that learned the Transcendental Meditation Programme were able to fall asleep more easily after 3 months than the control group of 308 employees at the same work place. (p<.01)Ref. Japanese Journal of Public Health 37 (10 Suppl.): 729
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What people are saying
“Transcendental Meditation has opened up a new world of good health and well-being for me. I am so much more in control of my life and realise that there is something I can do to reduce my stress levels and feel more relaxed. It is such a blessing — I am grateful to have found it.”
Aisling Drury-Byrne, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Musician & Teacher
“The best thing I ever did in my life was to learn TM as an architectural student in 1973. I have benefitted in a multitude of ways from it’s simple, easy practice. In the morning, when I sit down to practise TM, it’s as if I receive a mental bath. Having more energy and clarity as a result of my TM practice, I am able to give and receive more, not only in my professional life, but in my personal life also.”
Peter Mullins, Architect
“As a musician, I feel that it helps me to perform better and as a teacher, it allows me to approach the classroom in a relaxed state of mind which, I believe, in turn has a positive effect on my students. I would highly recommend TM to anyone who is looking for an easy and effective way to bring balance into all aspects of their lives.”
Rachel Robinson, Musician & Teacher
“I encourage all my patients to practice Transcendental Meditation. Experience Shows and research confirms, that it is the best vaccine against stress-related conditions. Regular practice keeps you inwardly settled despite being surrounded by chaos.”
Dr Donn Brennan (MRCGP), General Practitioner.
“Having practised TM and the TM Sidhi Programme for 27 years I find it hard to describe the magnitude of change it has brought to my life other than to say it has changed everything ; in a phrase perhaps it has made me a completely happy and enriched person enjoying all aspects of life.”
Derek Crampton, Businessman