Meditation relaxes the mind. Sleep also relaxes the mind. The difference between the two is awareness. Meditation asks you to focus on one thing until you can focus on nothing. Sleep requires you to not be aware of anything and not focus on anything. Meditation can help and sometimes hurt your ability to sleep. Now comes the funny part: On days when you have great meditation the requirement for sleep reduces, as both your body and mind are well rested. Prolonged sleep is required when we overeat or take on a lot of stress. Meditation gives peace, bliss, and wisdom, which lets you see the world from a different perspective. Automatically the stress of the mind reduces. So indirectly, meditation helps in reducing the need to sleep for too long. — Satish Daryanani

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