Non-sleep deep rest, or NSDR, is a relaxation technique that some say is one of the most powerful tools for recovering lost sleep, focus, and neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to change based on what it is experiencing. NSDR mirrors meditation in that it involves lying still while directing your awareness to the movement of your breath.

This method of relaxation slows the brain wave’s frequency and encourages a state of calm using the breath and visualization.

Benefits of NSDR

  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system, decreasing the respiratory and heart rate back to normal levels
  • Fosters relaxation
  • Eases stress and anxiety
  • Recharges the brain
  • Improves cognitive function and helps memory retention
  • Sharpens focus and mental clarity
  • May help with pain management

Try non-sleep deep rest meditation below.

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