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I have a difficult time staying awake when I meditate! Location, time of day, physical position do not seem to impact this. After I am able to stop thinking, I am aware of a short time of silence, then I vision (or is it dreaming), then I start to nod off. I feel a strong desire to nap. Sometimes I indulge this desire, sometimes I force myself into wakefulness. I enjoy sleeping, going to bed around 10, falling asleep right away, awaking once or twice during the night but falling right back into sleep, and awaking between 5 and 6 each morning. I’m generally alert and not tired during the day. Any insights or recommendations?
Go ahead and let yourself sleep if you feel a strong urge to nod off during meditation. It’s not a good idea for force yourself to stay alert. Even if you don’t have a sleep deficit from the night, sometimes you can go through a period of meditation where your body requires an experience of sleep in order to release a particular quality of conditioning. Don’t worry about it, just let the body shift into the state it needs, and when that conditioning or stress has been cleared, then your meditations will resume their usual character.