2. Sleep better
You’ve had those nights. You slide in to bed, close your eyes, exhausted, but before you can fall asleep your brain starts buzzing with thoughts of unfinished projects and stressful situations. Or you’ve had many of those nights and suffer from one of the most insufferable sleep disorders: insomnia. Well, before you turn to pills, try meditation. (But of course, you should always talk to your doctor first and foremost.)
In a study, which appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine, 25 middle-aged and older adults with sleeping problems completed a mindfulness awareness program that taught them to focus on in-the-moment experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Another group of 25 completed a sleep education class that taught them ways to improve their sleep habits. Both groups met six times, once a week for two-hour sessions.