For the past few years, millions of people in the United States have started to practice meditation exercises. Meditation is the practice of coaching your mind to enhance focus and redirect thoughts. It will help to increase the awareness of your surroundings and yourself. Most people see meditation as a way to alleviate their stress. However, it is more than just stress management. Practicing meditation daily brings a lot of health benefits.
Let’s take a look at some of the health benefits of meditation.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is linked to several cardiovascular diseases. Some studies have proven that meditation will help in reducing the strain in your heart, thereby lowering the blood pressure. When you have high blood pressure, it becomes extremely difficult for your heart to pump blood. An increase in blood pressure may narrow your arteries and will lead to strokes and heart attacks. Practicing meditation will allow you to relax the nerve signals that are involved in the functioning of your heart and decrease blood pressure.
It is believed that the perception of pain is connected to your mental state and when you go through a stressful situation, the pain perception will get elevated. Some scientific studies have shown that people who meditate often showed increase activity in their brain centers that are known to control pain. In most of the studies, the researchers looked at the pain perception in both meditators and nonmeditators. All the studies showed that the meditators experienced less pain than nonmeditators.
It is believed that almost 50 % of the world’s population suffer from insomnia at some point in their life. One recent study looked at the effect of mindfulness on sleep quality and found out that the people who meditated had better and longer sleep than people who didn’t meditate. The practice of meditation will help to keep away the disturbing thoughts that keep you awake. The meditation will also relax your body and mind and bring you to a peaceful state of mind that will help you to fall asleep.
Reduces Memory Loss
Meditation helps you to increase your attention and clarity of thinking. This will keep your mind young and prevent the loss of memory that is usually related to aging. A review of 12 different studies on meditation showed that practicing different meditation styles will increase attention, mental quickness, and memory in older adults. It is also found that meditation is efficient in helping with improving memory in dementia patients.