Written by Dr. Anitha Paderla, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu, M.Phil.,Ph.D on Oct 19, 2016

Meditation and sleep

Meditation is not known to significantly affect sleep. Research has suggested that a reduction in the number of nocturnal sleep hours due to meditation is probably because the person in question could be falling a sleep during meditation.

There is no evidence that meditation reduces an individual’s total requirement of nocturnal sleep.


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