How to keep from falling asleep during meditation?

How to keep from falling asleep during meditation?

I fall asleep 10 minutes into meditating, no matter what time of day it is. This is even after I have pulled 10 hours of night slumber. I am beyond desperation, PLEASE help me to not fall asleep in meditation!

  1. GenegeeApr 17, 2010

    Actually that is the time when you are most receptive when you fall asleep. I used to do that all the time and felt that l was doing something wrong and stopped doing meditation. Now that l am older l realize that even when asleep something is happening the only thing is that you just do not know what it is.

  2. popsApr 17, 2010

    I fall to sleep when I pray sometimes, by the time my head hits the pillow I am pretty much out of it. I read something the other day, that when that happens not to be so hard on yourself. I would get up set when it happened with me, and sure God would be upset as well, can’t even say a short prayer. What I read I can’t remember it word for word but it told me that when that happens it is God speaking to the inner spirit like, He is directing speaking to you. So after I read that I felt better and not so hard on myself. So maybe that is what God is doing with you as well. Blessings

  3. RealityApr 17, 2010

    Well, if you sit on a very comfortable posture while meditating you will fall a sleep. Sit on the floor and keep your back straight. You can also try meditation while walking. This is a buddhist meditation. All you have to do is concentrate on your steps. When you lift the left foot up, you know you lift it, when you put it down you know that. Just focus on every step you take. Hope this helps.

  4. PrahasApr 17, 2010

    It is a common problem. Try this: before you start, spend five minutes doing gibberish. Make all kinds of sounds, as long as they are not a real language. Pretend you are talking in a language no one knows. Make loud sounds, soft sounds, angry sounds, sad sounds, just create any non-word sounds you like. Really get into it! And move your body around too. Then do your regular technique. Good luck.

  5. joe714Apr 17, 2010

    before you start,ask what is watching you meditate. anything that is happening in meditation is seen by that which is prior to it and it never sleeps. whatever type of meditation,it is possible to put the main attention on what is watching./ i learned this from the orignal buddhist meditation manual on attan.com.(page 2,i think) works very well for me.

  6. Dances with BuddhaApr 17, 2010

    A few possible suggestions…

    First, check your posture.
    Ninety percent of the times I start to nod off, I find that I’ve allowed my head/spine to slump slightly.
    I remind myself to imagine trying to touch ceiling with top of my head, and find that I sit a bit more upright.

    Second, check that your head is level.
    Some say that tilting head downward encourages dozing, while any upward tilt encourages thoughts.
    Do not confuse maintaining a level head with gazing slightly down with eyes (desirable for most).

    Third, I don’t know what technique you use, but I practice maintaining focus/awareness of my breath.
    I find every time I start to nod off, it happens to occur when I’ve lost focus/mindfulness on breath and has instead become seduced/entertained by a string of thoughts.

    Finally, if you can, practice meditating with eyes half closed/lidded, as opposed to fully closed.
    Although fully closing eyes can block out distracting movement, it also encourages sleep.
    Plus, there are schools of thought that say closing eyes is a form of ignorance and/or aversion to whatever may arise.

    Namaste’,
    dwb

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