Meditation for Increased Energy: How & Why It Works
Meditation For Increased Energy: How & Why It Works
Do you wish you had more energy to get through the day? You aren't the only one. From Starbucks, to 5 Hour Energy, to Red Bull — the world spends billions of dollars every year for that little bit "extra."
The problem is, we tend to rely on substances which provide, at best, only a temporary energy kick. At worst, our go-to energy boosters may well be harming us in known (and unknown) ways.
A true paradox, many people become surprised to learn that meditation, the very best way to calm and focus the mind, is also a highly effective solution for increased energy — especially over the long term.
Here we explore five ways meditation can fill your energy reserves to the brim.
How To Gain Energy — Meditation's Brain Upgrades Ensure Your Battery Stays Charged
As perhaps the clearest dividing line between prehistoric man and modern man, two key "energy-linked" brain regions have changed dramatically over the millennia.
Serving as a kind of brain yin & yang, those of us still controlled by our amygdala, rather than our prefrontal cortex, are far less resilient during stressful times. As a result, these folks must use more battery life to handle the stress of the day.
It's noon, your iPhone has 10 apps running in the background, you've been non-stop texting your beloved, and you had to make an hour-long phone call this morning. Is there any wonder your battery life is at 22%?
It's the same with your energy level. The untrained, non-meditative brain/body will lose charge much faster, mishandling stress and the day to day wear and tear that we all face. In turn, energy levels plummet.
Luckily, meditation upgrades the brain region of the future while quieting the brain region of the past.
Numerous studies, including by esteemed Harvard Researcher Dr. Sara Lazar, have shown meditators to have a big and strong prefrontal cortex and a cool and calm amygdala.
You could say that meditation is like putting your iPhone on a kind of permanent airplane mode, while still running your apps/texts/calls as usual. In turn, your battery (level of energy) never gets below 88%, no matter how stressful your day.
In the end, if you want loads of energy 24/7/365, meditation is the most natural, effective solution.
How To Increase Energy — Better Sleep. More Energy. So Easy. Meditation Is Key
"It's 4am... still haven't slept… have to wake up at 6:30am... I hate my life." We've all been there.
In order to start the day with a fully charged battery, sleep is essential. The problem is, people are sleeping less, not more.
If you go to bed obsessing over your to-do list, chances are that your sleep quality will suffer. Tomorrow's energy levels are directly linked to tonight's stress and anxiety.
If only there was a fool-proof way to get great sleep every night of the week. There is! It's called meditation.
In fact, many meditation practitioners sleep so well that they're able to "lucid dream" with regularity. Whole books have been written on the subject. This is impossible without deep (REM), super-restorative, energy-vitalizing levels of sleep.
Moreover, meditation boosts the naturally occurring sleep-compound "melatonin" by at least 98%!
Extra melatonin allows meditators to sleep more deeply, more soundly, and more effectively. In time, meditators wake up feeling refreshed and recharged each and every morning, with the energy to last the day.
Sleep like a log. Supercharge your battery. Discover meditation.
Increasing Energy — Meditation Boosts Two Critical Chemicals: Growth Hormone (GH) & DHEA
If you want more energy, then boosting these two critical chemicals will do the trick:
Critical Chemical #1: DHEA — Best known for providing an overall sense of well-being, DHEA is a popular ingredient in many of today's energy boosting supplements. Then, why not just take some DHEA?
DHEA supplementation isn't an optimal long term solution for many reasons, including but not limited to: experiencing known and unknown side effects (including reducing your natural energy levels), becoming dependent, and it flat out doesn't work for many.
Critical Chemical #2: Growth Hormone (GH) — The main chemical for making us bigger, stronger, and taller through adolescence and for maintaining our tissues and organs throughout adulthood, growth hormone is critical for reducing fatigue and increasing motivation.
In fact, many financially advantaged folks (including celebrities) spend thousands of dollars per month supplementing with this elusive hormone!
Luckily, there is a scientifically proven method of beating Father Time at his own energy-zapping game.
Backed by a slew of studies — meditation, in the most healthy and natural way, effectively boosts both DHEA & growth hormone production, letting you swim in the "fountain of youth" whenever you wish.
By turning back the hands of time, meditation makes you look and feel younger, with the energy level(s) to match.
Boosting Energy Naturally — Stimulants Have Side Effects and Are Temporary
Whether it's downing another cup of coffee or pounding another energy drink, we tend to rely on temporary solutions to keep going.
The problem is that these short-lived energy bursts lead to the inevitable crash, leaving us just as exhausted, or even more exhausted, than before our fix.
While physical exercise (weightlifting, walking, running, etc) are well-proven ways to up your energy levels over the long term, meditation works on the brain and body in a very similar and (some would argue) superior way.
For example, long distance runners are addicted to their sport for good reason, namely endorphins. Responsible for a kind of wonderful mental euphoria known as a "runner's high," these chemicals provide a powerful energy boost in the most natural of ways.
In fact one landmark 1995 study compared the brains of 12 highly trained meditators and 11 elite runners. What did they find?
While both groups' blood measurements showed significantly boosted endorphins, meditation (amazingly) had the clear edge over running. It's been said that meditation's natural high can't be replicated, now confirmed by science.
Perhaps this is why so many freshly minted meditators report no longer needing their "must-have" morning coffee?
How To Boost Low Energy — Meditation Transforms How We Respond to Stress
Because our ancient ancestors spent their daytime hours hunting and gathering, come nighttime, they were undoubtedly physically exhausted.
While feeling tired at the end of a long workday is no new phenomenon, we're collectively exhausted for a whole different set of reasons.
Why? Modern man suffers from a sort of epidemic of the mind. We not only self-generate our problems, but we mismanage them until they spiral out of control.
In turn, we unnecessarily trigger our fight-or-flight response — releasing a bunch of nasty chemicals like the stress hormone "cortisol."
If motivation had a true ball and chain, this chemical would be it. For anyone seeking a more natural & stable energy supply, cortisol is the one chemical where less is better.
What if it was possible to neutralize this nasty energy-zapping chemical? You can!
Among a host of studies showing the same result, one University of Rutgers doctor found that meditation reduced cortisol in the body by a whopping 50%!
The question is, after draining your system of this "sandbag of a chemical", just how much extra energy will you have?
In the end, by massively upgrading your body's stress response, meditation increases the net result of all good things, especially energy.