I Tried the ‘Savoring’ Technique of Using a Happy Memory To Fall Asleep—Here’s What Happened After 3 Weeks

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The idea of mindfulness activities promoting healthy and restful sleep isn’t novel; in fact, there are numerous mindfulness methods that are both poised to improve mood and get someone in the space that invites restful sleep. Some hinge on breathing exercises; others focus more so on meditation; and others still ask you to practice mental exercises, like cognitive shuffling. Another option to add to your bedtime toolbox? Savoring, a mindfulness technique that involves concentrating on positive thoughts and basking in the joy and peace such thoughts bring you as a means to ease into sleep.

Research on savoring has positively connected it to well-being in general, and a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics examined its effect on sleep. According to the findings, “higher levels of savoring were significantly associated with lower levels of sleep-related impairment.” On the flip side, rumination, or dwelling on thoughts and memories that aren’t happiness-inducing, was associated with higher levels of sleep impairment and disturbance.

While more research is needed to connect a causal relationship between A+ sleep and savoring, we can still deduce that putting yourself in happy state before bed stands to help your case when it comes to having sweet dreams. Given that stress and sleep have an adversarial relationship, it make sense that putting yourself in a positive mindset absent of stress would help your case.


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