Do you every fall asleep during meditation? If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even advanced practitioners do it, even monks-in-training do it 🙂
When I first started meditating, falling asleep about 10 minutes in to my session was pretty standard for me. Some of it was because I just wasn’t sleeping enough in general, but most of it was because my mind was so used to racing around that when I gave it the chance to slow down it just shut down because it didn’t know what else to do.
These days, I still doze off occasionally. But now when I fall asleep I don’t try to fight it so much because after a few nods off, I really start to notice that feeling of dozing as it approaches, as well as that feeling of being jolted awake when I start to tip over on my cushion. I explore the texture of the feeling a bit and become aware of it. And then the feeling just goes away naturally, and I’ll have gained a tiny bit of insight into what was going on with my mind during that session.
That being said, there are definitely some tips that I’ve learned over the years to work with dozing during meditation, both as it’s happening and in general. I shared these tips in this article for mindbodygreen. I hope it helps you. Please let me know!