What is really the best time of the day to meditate? We all know that the practice of meditation provides lots of health benefits like sleep, bringing down high levels of anxiety, improving inner strength, increasing attention span, controlling blood pressure and pain as well as reducing memory loss caused by age, among others (1, 2).
And while this is the case, almost everyone would like to make the best use of it even with all the things they have to take care of during the day, in terms of work, so that they are able to reap these benefits. On the same breath, the main concern is in what the best time meditate should be.
Some people have argued that it is in the early mornings before sunrise, others have said early afternoons, in the evening, and others, slightly before sleeping.
Research and personal experiences, however, have shown that there is no specific time of the day that is best for everyone to meditate. It all depends on your daily schedule and what you hope to gain from the practice.
We are all different in terms of brain and body chemistry not to mention our lifestyle. So it is important that you find the best time that is most convenient for you based on how you know yourself as well as the activities you get involved in on a daily basis.
The benefits you look to get from meditation normally depends on your commitment and consistency, that is why it is quite essential for you to get the time that you know works well for your way of life.
Is There Really A Best Time to Do Meditation?
Research has proven that the supreme time of meditation differs through the meditators. However, there are those times that people have found to be some really valuable time periods for the practice. Let’s take a look at six of them.
1. Early in the Morning (from 4am to 7am)
This is the best time for many people because they find that they have a fresh mind and have few distractions. Generally, it is also considered the ideal time by many experts, if someone is able to work with it.
It has also been established that those who meditate in the morning before anything else, set a good start for the day and are able to be peaceful and productive throughout the day.
Many prefer doing it before having breakfast because eating activates the inner organs that would increase distractions during their sessions.
They also find that if they meditate before the worries of what they have to do during the day catches up with them, they are able to remain the whole day with the benefits they got from the morning meditation.
Although, it may be hard for many beginners to go through the practice for a number of hours without having eaten first.
It is always advised that the newbies take it slow and train themselves to meditate for a few minutes first as they increase the length of their meditation with time and when they feel comfortable.
The best place to start is putting focus on the rate of breathing, aiming for slow and deep breaths for a few minutes, like five or so. As this gets easier, consider going for 10 minutes and keep increasing after a few days or weeks.
Another important thing to note is wakefulness. You should be fully awake in the morning before you meditate, otherwise you will find yourself asleep a few minutes into the session.
Some recommended activities to make you wake up completely are visiting the bathroom, washing your face and others that you know help you not sleep again.
2. During Lunch Breaks ( From 12 noon to 2pm)
Many companies and organizations have taken up meditation pretty seriously and are even offering their employees rooms and spaces to do it.
Lunch time meditation really serves a good time to reduce the stress of work after having been on a mentally and physically demanding activity.
Moreover, it helps with loosening up the tight muscles in your body that come with sitting in front of the computer for hours.
A quick session of meditation during lunch hours has been found to help with increasing the creativity, cheerfulness and productivity of the workers (3).
3. Early Evenings (From 5pm to 7pm)
Meditating in the evening for some has proven beneficial with bringing proper inner balance after having a hectic day.
And other than before sunrise, people believe that early evenings is the other magical time that the universe provides for self improvement.
It helps the meditators be in good touch with themselves and guide them through the deep exploration of their inner self.
Some people have found that meditating outside during this time can add to the overall experience, with the help of nature sounds like chirping of birds and the wind.
4. Immediately After Work (From 7pm to 10pm)
There are those who find after-work meditation to be super helpful for them. First, it is because they are able to release all the mental and physical exhaustion through the practice.
Secondly, it really helps draw the line between work and personal time that also helps you give all your time to yourself in terms of hobbies as well as your family.
5. Before Going to Sleep (From 10pm onwards)
A lot of people have insisted that meditation slightly before sleep is definitely not productive. But there is a good number of people who prefer doing it at this time as it is the only time they are free.
The house is quiet at this time, the kids have already been taken to bed and they have also done all the duties at home accorded to them.
They also find that the night quietness works in their favor since the neighbors are also asleep. If you are among these people and can maintain the focus and alertness required for proper meditation, you should definitely make the most out of this time.
Also, if you meditate during the day, a quick night meditation can also increase the benefits you get out of it. However, you should ensure you do your best to avoid sleeping while meditating.
6. Anytime You Feel Stressed
Getting into social media, sleeping and doing drugs have long been known as the best distractions when people are stressed.
But creating the habit of meditating at these difficult times can be of really good use to you.
Aside from helping you reduce the anxiety and stress, meditation also helps you feel more in control of yourself (4). It also calms you down and makes it possible for you to think straight, weigh your options carefully and make good decisions.
How do you work your way around meditation? What time of the day do you find to be most suitable for you to meditate? We would love to hear from you in the comments section.