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Today I want to talk to you about Peloton’s Power of Sleep program. Unfortunately I’m not a very good sleeper, and it’s been that way since I was in high school. It’s gotten worse over the past 2-3 years and I’ve tried a few different things to help. I haven’t found the magic solution yet, so that’s when I decided to do the Power of Sleep program. Sleep and recovery are so important, especially when you workout multiple times a week.
Power of Sleep is a two week program that links the power of meditation to sleep. As stated on the Peloton app, “Explore the connection between meditation and sleep, and learn how meditation can be a powerful tool to help promote relaxation and pave the way to better sleep. When you meditate over time, you’ll find you can fall asleep sooner, sleep deeper, and feel more rested when you wake up.”
The program features 5-15 minute sleep meditations from 4 different instructors – Ross Rayburn (my favorite!), Aditi Shah, Anna Greenberg and Kristin McGee.
The first week was a great introduction to basic meditation techniques. In the past, it’s always been hard for me to get into meditation because I can never really shut off my brain. One benefit to this program is that you do the meditations right before going to sleep, so you’re body is already in ‘wind down’ mode. During this week 6 of the classes were specifically sleep meditation classes and there was one Savasana meditation class. The savasana class was interesting because you take it lying down (instead of sitting). I was asleep before this meditation was over – it was SO relaxing!
POWER OF SLEEP MEDITATION PROGRAM – WEEK 1
Intro – 5 min Intro to Sleep Meditation – Ross Rayburn
Day 1 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Aditi Shah
Day 2 – 5 min Savasana Meditation – Ross Rayburn
Day 3 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Anna Greenberg
Day 4 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Kristin McGee
Day 5 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Aditi Shah
Day 6 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Anna Greenberg
Day 7 – 10 min Sleep Meditation – Ross Rayburn
After week 1, I noticed that I was falling asleep much faster than I had in the past. The second week of the program introduced longer meditations (10 and 15 minutes). During the 10 minute meditations I found that I was able to get get to a more relaxed state quicker. Maybe it’s because my body knew I had 5 additional minutes? Overall I enjoyed the meditations by the Ross the best, followed by Kristin. It’s just something about their voices that really help to relax me more than the other instructors.
POWER OF SLEEP MEDITATION PROGRAM – WEEK 2
Day 1 – 5 min Sleep Meditation – Kristin McGee
Day 2 – 10 min Sleep Meditation – Aditi Shah
Day 3 – 10 min Savasana Meditation – Anna Greenberg
Day 4 – 10 min Sleep Meditation – Ross Rayburn
Day 5 – 10 min Sleep Meditation – Aditi Shah
Day 6 – 10 min Sleep Meditation – Anna Greenberg
Day 7 – 15 min Sleep Meditation – Kristin McGee
This was a good program and I would recommend it if you’re looking for something to help you with your sleeping issues. Since I’m certainly not a meditation expert, I liked the fact that it started off with 5 minute meditations and then ended with a 15 minute meditation. Personally I think a 5 or 10 minute meditation is fine (the 15 minute one felt a little long).
Tell me:Do you fall asleep easily? Do you meditate?
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