Intense meditation practices help to achieve a harmony between body and mind. Meditation practices influence brain functions, induce various intrinsic neural plasticity events, modulate autonomic, metabolic, endocrine, and immune functions and thus mediate global regulatory changes in various behavioral states including sleep.
Here are certain fun facts about meditation
- Improves Brain Power : It increases gray matter. Brains scans of participants in a meditation stay by Yale. Harvard and Mass General Hospital showed increase in gray matter in parts of the brain, and that meditation may slow natural brain deterioration. The parts of the brain with increased gray matter thickness are related to attention and processing sensory input.
- Improves Brain Plasticity : A study of mindfulness meditation practitioners showed an increase in the number of neurons in the brain’s hippocampus (related to learning and memory) and a reduction in the volume of the amygdala (related to anxiety and stress) after just eight weeks. Similar studies have shown increases in the number of the neurons and neuronal connections in the right frontal cortex (concentration), the right insula (emotions), and the right parietal and temporal lobes (touch and sound).
- Improves Sleep : Researchers reported that experienced meditators slept fewer hours than non-meditators and the general population, but were no less alert. Separate research has found that meditation may be an effective behavioral intervention in the treatment of insomnia.
- Lowers Blood Pressure : In reviewing existing existing research, the American Heart Association in 2013 concluded that transcendental meditation lowers blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) contributes to the hardening of the arteries, and to the developmental of heart failure.
Still thinking if you should make meditation as a daily habit? Think again!!
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