What Is Sound Meditation?

What Is Sound Meditation?

Sound is powerful, and it has been used in spiritual ceremonies for 40,000 years or longer. Australian tribes were known to use singing bowls because they believed in using instruments for meditation.

And today, we’re going to cover a lot of questions on this topic, including:

  • What is sound meditation?
  • What are the benefits of this practice?
  • What instruments can you use for meditation?
  • What do studies have to say about sound meditation?

Let’s start with defining this type of meditation and explaining what it is in greater detail.

What is Sound Meditation?

Sound meditation uses sounds, which become the focal point of your practice. The idea is simple: focus on sounds and allow yourself to be 100% in the moment without distraction. Many people who practice sound therapy for anxiety find it empowering because it allows you to stop focusing on:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Life

In your session, you’ll focus on just sound. You’ll focus on chanting, gongs or other instrument sounds to stay in the present moment.

How Sound Therapy Works

First, you’ll need instruments or tools to make the sounds and you’ll find a list of items two sections under this one that can help. Next, you’ll want to do a few of the basics to set up your meditation space, including:

  • Creating a quiet space
  • Removing all distractions
  • Making a comfy place to sit

Your space should only be filled with the sounds that you’re making.

Next, you’ll want to begin using the instruments or sound types that you prefer, such as bowls or chanting. A few good videos which can help you get started with sound meditation, include:

Purity Sound Bath | Meditation Music for Cleansing the Mind & Spirit | Singing Bowls

Crystal Chakra Meditation with Antique Tibetan Singing Bowls

Sound meditation may not work for you, and that’s okay. There are so many different forms of meditation that you can try that will, including cord cutting, candle, mantra and even mindfulness.

Note: Many people also call this practice sound bath meditation. The “bath” is just being surrounded and immersed in the sound. Sound baths have nothing to do with lying in your tub and listening to music, although that does sound quite amazing.

Benefits of Sound Meditation

Meditation is a well-studied topic, and you’ll find a lot of benefits, which include everything from helping reduce headaches and pains to relieving anxiety and helping you focus. But every form of meditation has its own benefits, although they’re not well-studied.

Honestly, I dive into meditations and give them a try for myself without doing much research on them.

But, I did take the time to research studies on sound meditation, which you’ll find in the last section of this article. With that said, the main benefits of sound meditation, include:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Reduce depression
  • Alleviate tension
  • Improve mood
  • Add to well-being
  • Short-term cognitive improvement
  • Improve in recall speed

However, there are a lot of anecdotal benefits, which are claimed by people who try this meditation, including:

  • Lowers stress levels
  • Improves depressed mood
  • Offers healing properties
  • Reduces anger
  • Improve sleep quality

While I cannot verify many of these claims, many of them are accepted in the meditation industry and discussed often. Try sound meditation yourself and see if it’s worth practicing or not.

Sound Instruments for Meditation

Many instruments are used to produce meditative sounds that you can focus on, and some practitioners will simply put on YouTube and listen to the sounds others are making to focus on. However, you can also buy many of these instruments yourself or may want to try them to see which you prefer.

A few of the instruments for mediation that are widely used are:

Chanting

Don’t have money to spend on an instrument? Chant. Chanting isn’t for everyone, but it’s free and something you can do any time you want. You can also try saying mantras if you don’t like chanting and don’t have one of the instruments listed below.

Mantras can be especially powerful and help you anchor your mind, too.

Singing Bowls

Using a singing bowl is most common for anyone just trying sound meditation, and you’ll actually see these bowls in action in the videos earlier in the article. You can hit the bowls with a mallet to create a resonating tone that you can focus on.

As you advance, you may try using multiple bowls to create your own orchestra of sound. Each bowl offers its own:

  • Unique sounds
  • Specific music notes

Many practitioners recommend spending time to find the right bowl, testing out multiple bowls and finding one that matches you. You can always keep multiple bowls available, and use each of them in your practice to create a symphony of sounds that aid in your own healing process.

Rattlers

Rain sticks and rattlers are what most people envision when they think of shamans, and you may even see practitioners using rattlers over a person’s body. If you want to connect with the spirit world or just try something different, consider these two instruments.

Tuning Forks

Tuning forks have been used for centuries to tune instruments, and they produce amazing vibration sounds, too. A lot of practitioners will use tuning forks because they believe that they help open up their chakras and meridian lines.

Plus, these forks can also help you tune other instruments that you have, which is pretty useful.

Studies on Sound Meditation

Many meditation experts recommend sound therapy for anxiety and vibrational sound healing, but does it really work? I was able to dig up a few concrete studies, which I am going to outline below and allow you to make your own judgment on the effectiveness of sound meditation.

2016 Study

A study from the University of California and the California Institute for Human Science. The study included:

  • 62 women and men
  • Tibetan singing bowls

The researchers state that this is a low-cost, feasible way to reduce:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Tension

Researchers in the study did state that additional studies were needed to learn about the benefits of sound meditation for physical pain, overall well-being and mood.

2013 Study

A 2013 study on Tibetan sound meditation was done on cognitive dysfunction. The study focused on individuals who were suffering from chemotherapy-induced cognitive impairment. The study included:

  • 47 cancer patients
  • Mean age of 56.3 years
  • 2 weekly meditation sessions over a six-week period

A control group was included in this study, and what researchers found was that meditation led to:

  • Short-term cognitive improvement
  • Possible increase in processing speed
  • Increase in mental health

As with the last study, researchers would like additional studies to take place, which will include a larger pool of participants. The researchers were happy with the results that they saw, but they would like a larger sampling size to determine efficacy and even biomarkers for inflammation.

What is sound meditation? It’s an ancient practice that forces you to focus on the sound and be in the moment. If you’re trying to find your own meditation groove or just want to try something different, give this meditative experience a try.

7 Recommendations: What to Do After Meditation?

7 Recommendations: What to Do After Meditation?

Do you know what to do after meditation? Most people just get up and continue with their daily life, but meditation experts often have their own routine after their session.

There are no right or wrong feelings after meditation.

But a few things that have helped me after my daily meditation practice, include:

What To Do After Meditation Practices? 7 Recommendations

1. Consolidate the Entire Experience

One of the things not to do after meditation is ignore the experience. Arguably one of the worst things that you could do is just go on with your day and not think about your meditation session – especially as a beginner.

The benefits of meditation come from consolidating the process.

Take a few moments to:

  • Think about what you felt
  • Focus on what you feel after meditation
  • Mentally review the session

Once you consolidate the experience, it’s time to move on to the next step.

Note: Do not focus on the things that went wrong too much. Recognize them but let them go. If you dwell on the negative of the experience, you’ll quickly counteract the benefits of meditation.

2. Clean Up Your Meditation Space

Often, I’ll mix cleaning up my meditation space with point one, where I consolidate everything I feel.

Why?

Cleaning is meditative in itself. You don’t want to jump right into an intense task where you have to focus on school or work.

What most people don’t realize is that cleaning has a positive impact on your mental health.

Cleveland Clinic had a fantastic podcast on cleaning and mental health, which you can learn more about here. What the clinical psychologist on the podcast revealed was that:

  • Cleaning improves mental health
  • Lack of cleaning can adversely affect negative health

For me, it makes sense to improve the effects of meditation by cleaning up my meditation space. It takes five minutes to clean up the space, it helps you feel better about the experience and also allows you time to compartmentalize everything that you experienced.

If there’s one thing not to do after meditation, it is leave your space cluttered.

3. Journal the Entire Experience

Journaling isn’t a must-do activity, but it’s something a lot of people recommend and it seems to work. You can use your journaling to jot down answers to the following questions:

  1. What went right when meditating?
  2. How do you feel after meditation?
  3. Did you gain insight when meditating?
  4. What didn’t go as expected?

From personal experience, I know that when meditating doesn’t go as expected, it’s always because I’m worried about something or pushing something off until later. For example, I may be in the middle of meditating and then think about how I have to go get my passport renewed, need to write a blog post or call my brother, whom I haven’t talked to in a long time.

Everyone has tasks they’re putting off until later.

However, when these tasks pop up in your mind in the middle of your meditation, it should be an indicator that you must get things done. Journaling has helped me understand my meditation practice more and actually sheds insight into things I need to get done.

If your mind is wandering to things you’ve been pushing off when meditating, it’s time to get these tasks done.

relieve stress

4. Stretch or Destress

If you hate stretching, you can skip this tip. Stretching isn’t for everyone, but you can always try something else, such as:

  • Heat therapy
  • Massage
  • Etc.

Why?

Most meditation styles will help you feel relaxed. It’s not often that we’re able to relax and really relish in it. You can add to this relaxation by stretching, using a massage chair or gun or something similar.

All of these activities will help you reduce any stress or tension that you’re holding on to.

Plus, it’s always good to engage in these activities because everyone feels better when they’re not stressed out.

5. Do Something You Love

Want to know what to do after meditation to ensure that you practice again?

Do something you love.

Connecting habits together is a “hack” that will work very well if you’re trying to create new habits. How should you feel after meditation? Energized and motivated.

So, after your session, try to do something you like or want to improve on:

  • Hobbies
  • Language
  • Exercise
  • Etc.

Creating a habit will also make you feel like meditation is a reward. For example, you’ll look forward to meditating every day if you know that you get to practice piano for 30 minutes afterward.

6. Don’t End the Meditation

One thing I learned when trolling the Buddhism section of Reddit is that meditation doesn’t end. When you get up from sitting, gazing or however you’re meditating, you should still meditate on the world around you.

For example, you may want to:

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Walk in nature and be mindful of everything around you
  • Try to feel more at one with nature

Of course, you can’t sit there for hours on end, meditating when you have things to do throughout the day. However, you can and should try to focus on the world around you a little more.

One thing I truly enjoy is being mindful of the food that I consume.

Every bite is filled with flavor and appreciation. You can think of the nutrients and energy that went into growing the food. Or you can think of the entire growth cycle of the food from the sun beating down on the ground to the rain watering and oxygenating the earth to grow the food.

7. Take a Shower

If you meditate in the morning, you may find it difficult to transition from meditating into your daily routine. For anyone feeling this way, one great recommendation I received was to shower after meditating.

Why?

  • Showering is relaxing
  • Showering is the transition into the day

And showering did seem to help me get on with the day and feel a lot better doing it.

After Meditation FAQs

What to Do If You Feel Light Header After Meditation?

If you feel light headed after meditation, you may want to come out of meditation a little slower. For example, you may want to lay or sit for a few minutes and practice mindfulness just to allow yourself to recenter.

Feelings after meditation vary for everyone, and many people have the light headed feeling you’re experiencing.

It’s just a part of meditation and something that you’ll get accustomed to over time. However, if you feel extremely dizzy and lightheaded in the middle of your session, simply open your eyes and breathe. Allow yourself time to feel better and increase the transition from meditation to the “waking world.”

Tip: Try a different type of meditation, such as candle meditation or mantra meditation, if you can’t shake the lightheadedness when meditating with your eyes closed.

What to Do If You’re Crying While Meditating?

Crying while meditating is a lot more common than you think. Once, Rene and I went to a deep breathing class with a good friend, which was very similar to meditating. We were all lying on the floor, practicing these intense deep breathing exercises, and then it happened.

Our friend started balling. She was crying hysterically.

While discussing it among ourselves, there were a lot of people there that mentioned crying during and after meditation.

Why?

The general consensus was that meditation allows:

  • You to let go of your emotions
  • You to come to peace with personal pain and experience

Don’t allow crying to cause you to be unable to meditate. Over time, you’ll come to terms with the pain and experiences that you’re feeling and the crying will stop. Allow crying to be a form of healing – it is.

Why Do You Have Headaches After Meditation?

Headaches after meditation are another experience that is quite common among meditators. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find why headaches happen. Some practitioners state that your brain function increases, causing headaches.

But, that’s not something I could verify.

Interestingly, a major analysis on meditation for headaches found that after 20 days of meditation, people were able to reduce their migraine headache pain and negative mood.

Our recommendation: Come out of meditation slower, as advised in the light headed section above and keep at it. Many people that have headaches during meditation find it subsides and goes away over time.

These are just a handful of tips on what to do after meditation. If you take the time to enjoy the experience and stop worrying about feelings after meditation, you’ll find each session gets better. Your mind will begin to focus, you’ll be less concerned about dizziness, lightheadedness and headaches.

Enjoy the experience.

What Is Cord Cutting Meditation? And How to Do It in 5 Steps

What Is Cord Cutting Meditation? And How to Do It in 5 Steps

Meditation styles vary drastically. And you may do amazing with one style and struggle with another. One option for you to try is cord cutting meditation.

What is cord cutting meditation?

We’ll explain this form of meditation in great detail and then walk you through the exact steps you need to take to see results.

Note: If meditation doesn’t work for you, it’s never a bad idea to just try something different. Sometimes, it’s the type of meditation that is holding you back rather than the practice itself. Cord cutting meditation is just another option to try, especially when dealing with negative people or energy.

What Is Cord Cutting Meditation?

Cutting the cord meditation revolves around:

  • Energy cords
  • Negative energy
  • Positive energy
  • Cord connections

The practice of cord cutting is right for you when you want to invite light into your life and let go of emotional stress. In short, this practice allows you to cut the ties someone has with you – energetic ties.

For example, do you have someone in your life who is an energy leech?

Of course, you do. In fact, 40% of people had negative emotions in 2020, setting a record in the process. This figure is likely much higher. Cord attachments are the connection you have with other humans that have an energetic hold on you.

This person can be an ex, an old friend or someone who you cared deeply about and is no longer in your life. You’re leaking energy to this person even if they’re not around you or really a part of your life.

And you internalize all of this energy.

Perhaps thinking of the person causes you anxiety, stress, negative emotions or other strong feelings.

If you engage in cutting the cord, you’re going to break free of these negative thoughts and energy that often sit in your subconscious mind, slowly impacting your energy.

How to Do Cord Cutting Meditation: 5 Easy Steps to Begin

Cord attachment is never healthy in my mind because there must be energetic boundaries. Unfortunately, you cannot control the actions of others, but if you cut these energetic cords, you can still care about the person without the emotional drain on your mind.

You can find peace of mind.

And you can begin experiencing the benefits of cutting the cord meditation by following these simple steps:

1. Create a Comfortable Space

First, you need to have a meditation space that is perfect for you and your needs. Everyone’s space is different, and you can have:

  • Candles
  • Incense
  • Music
  • Pillows
  • Blackout curtains

Anything you want. However, one thing you need to ensure is that the space is free from noise and distraction. You need to have just 15 – 20 minutes to dedicate to your practice so that you can begin your energetic practice.

inhale and exhale

2. Sit and Breathe

Sit in your meditation pose and be sure that your posture is good. You want the energy to flow through your body, and it will make it much easier to breathe when you maintain good posture. Breathing is going to be crucial to cutting the cord.

Once comfortable:

  • Close your eyes
  • Focus on your breathing
  • Inhale as long as you can
  • Slowly exhale until your lungs are empty
  • Repeat

After doing this 10 times, it’s time to move on to the next step.

3. Light Summoning

Light work is the foundation of cutting the energy cords that are causing your emotional attachments and finally putting boundaries up. You will continue with your eyes closed and maintain your deep breathing.

But you’re now going to do the following:

  • Focus on the top of your head, or the crown
  • Imagine a beam of light emanating from the crown
  • Put positive thoughts into this beam of light
  • Focus on the light and the way it makes you feel

The beam of light is thought of as a universal source or center of your energy. You need to fill this light with , intentional, positive thoughts.

4. Begin Cutting Cords

When visualizing and traversing the light from the crown of the head, it’s time to follow this light to the people that they branch off to. In this case, the person that you have an energetic connection with that you want to sever the cord with.

Now, you’ll need to:

  • Visualize breaking the cord with these energy-leeching individuals
  • Ask the light to remove the fear and anxiety you feel
  • Ask for help finding and removing the negative bonds you have with individuals

You’ll want to ask for guidance from the light during this practice to try and find the right cords. The light will help you find the right cords to be severe. Ask the light to stop the overwhelming emotions that you have with the person and guidance to cut these energy-draining emotions.

Note: Some individuals will call on angels, such as Archangel Michael for guidance. But if you’re not religious or follow another religion, just skip this part. It’s not 100% necessary, and cord cutting will work just fine whether you’re an atheist or one of the most devout people in the world.

5. Cut and Fill the Void

Finally, you’re going to begin cutting cords of light, and you’re going to notice that there are holes or voids which exist. You can visualize filling these voids with positive light and emotions to fill them up.

Many people find that filling the void is extremely helpful for them, and it’s something that works very well.

The goal here is not to feel a sense of emptiness that the person is no longer energetically attached to you. Instead, you should feel happy that you don’t need to rely on the individual for your own happiness, nor do you need to feel a sense of emptiness. Instead, allow someone or something else to receive this energy – including yourself.

When you cut these energetic ties, you’re finally able to:

  • Feel energized
  • Stop thinking of the other person
  • Not talk about the individual often
  • Etc.

If you want to bring your practice to the next level, I highly recommend reading through one of our most recent articles: What to Do After Meditation?

Cord Cutting Meditation FAQs

How Often Should You Do The Cord Cutting Meditation?

As much as you like. Cord cutting meditation benefits make this a practice worth integrating into your routine. For example, if you meditate daily, you may want to practice this form of meditation a few times a week.

Do what’s good for you.

However, if you want to focus on just this type of meditation session, most meditation experts recommend:

  • 20-minute sessions per day
  • At least 5 – 10-minute sessions if you’re short on time

If you don’t like the experience the first time, give it a few sessions to really judge cord cutting for yourself.

Why Is Cutting The Cord Meditation So Effective?

It’s energizing. Unfortunately, there are no real studies available to say why people experience intense benefits from cord cutting. However, what practitioners state is that this practice helps:

  • Recover lost energy
  • Re-establish energy boundaries

People are filled with emotions. When you practice cord cutting, you’re helping free yourself from these unhealthy emotions so that you can heal.

What is cord cutting meditation? It’s fun. Exciting. Different. You need to try new things and have new experiences in meditation to truly grow as a person. Cutting the cord meditation is just one other style of practice to try.

You may find that this meditation practice works well for you, or you may find greater success practicing mindful living.

However, it’s definitely worth trying a session or two of cord cutting meditation to see if it’s something you like or not.

Why Doesn’t Meditation Work For Me? 7 Reasons Why You Can’t Meditate

Why Doesn’t Meditation Work For Me? 7 Reasons Why You Can’t Meditate

Meditation is growing in popularity. People want to experience the mental clarity of meditation and others want to turn to mindful living. However, there’s a growing number of people asking, “why doesn’t meditation work for me?”

For a long time, I was one of these people, too.

After falling asleep or getting stuck in thoughts about everything, I figured that I had an attention disorder. But, then I started delving deeper into the question of why can’t I meditate?

And I found out that meditation is harder than most people think, and it takes time to learn how to meditate. For some people, meditation is boring, and if it’s something that you’re being pushed into and don’t really care about, you might never master meditation.

However, for everyone else that can’t meditate, these few reasons may be holding you back.

What Doesn’t Meditation Work for Me? 7 Reasons Why You Can’t Meditate

1. Your Meditation Space is Filled With Distractions

Meditation apps are helping a lot of people get into meditation. In fact, one report found apps led to a sharp rise in people meditating. However, if you’re trying to meditate and you hear your notifications going off or someone is trying to FaceTime you, it will interrupt your meditation practice.

You need to completely disconnect and have some time for yourself to meditate.

Your daily routine should include 10+ minutes of meditation, where all you have to stay focused on is meditation. This means:

  • Let everyone in your home or space know that you need to be 100% alone
  • Turn your phone off or on vibrate
  • Shut off notifications on your phone, smartwatch or other devices
  • Keep animals out of the room – just for your session

It’s true that “focusing” on meditation is a misnomer because you’re supposed to let your mind go into a state of nothingness or bliss, but a lot of people can’t meditate because they’re multitasking.

Multi-tasking works great for a lot of things in life, but it doesn’t work when you practice mindfulness or meditation.

Session length is too long

2. Practice Sessions Are Too Long

Remember when I was asking myself why can’t I meditate? My expectations were far too high. If you think you need a 30-minute meditation session or nothing, you’re wrong. Instead, when you’re just starting out, try keeping your meditation to 5 – 10 minutes

When you notice that your mind begins to wander and you’re no longer meditating but thinking about work or worrying about what you’re going to eat for dinner, get up.

Short mediation blocks work best for people questioning why is meditation so hard?

3. Judging Yourself

Focusing on yourself and your own faults is never going to help you meditate. Often, people judge themselves the entire time:

  • Am I meditating properly?
  • Why doesn’t meditation work for me?
  • What’s wrong with me? This should be easy!
  • I’m horrible at this.
  • I’ll never learn to meditate.

And then, by judging yourself, you begin focusing on all of these negative thoughts and start blocking out the positive thoughts you need to find success in meditation. Instead, make meditation judgment-free and focus on being present.

One method that works very well for remaining in the present when meditating is to focus on your breath.

  • Breathe in and focus on the lungs filling
  • Breathe out and focus on emptying your lungs fully
  • Focus on your chest rising and lowering as you breathe

4. You’re Dead Tired

One mistake that I was personally guilty of when trying regular and candle meditation was thinking that it would be easy to do while lying in bed right before going to sleep. Even if it’s the middle of the day and you’re exhausted, meditating is a bad idea.

Why?

You’ll fall in and out of sleep the entire time. Many meditation teachers call this the “sleepy passive state.” If you’re really tired, once you close your eyes and let your mind wander, you’ll start dozing off.

A better idea is to:

  • Meditate first thing in the morning, or
  • Meditate at a time when you’re wide awake

If you exercise, you may find that you’ll have a much easier time meditating after your workout. Find a good time to meditate and stick to it.

5. Practicing Inconsistently

Meditation is a lot like anything else in life: it takes practice. If you meditate once every six months, you’re going to start at square one every time. The ideal way to begin meditating is:

  • Start in small meditation blocks of just five minutes
  • Practice every day, or more days than not

If you make it a point to meditate daily, you’ll find it becomes much easier over time.

6. Expecting Way Too Much

Meditation means something different to everyone. Some people expect way too much from their experience, but meditation is a cumulative effect rather than an immediate benefit. Don’t have expectations of:

  • Spiritual awakenings
  • Laser-focus
  • Major life improvements
  • Eliminating all of life’s problems

Instead, just meditate to benefit from the heightened awareness that it will provide you with in time. Take your meditation journey one session at a time and don’t expect anything.

7. Considering Mind Wandering to Be Failure

When I was first starting to meditate, my mind wandered a lot. Unfortunately, I thought this wandering meant failure until I read a book by Thich Nhat Hanh. I can’t remember the exact phrase, but he mentioned focusing on a leaf or object that you were thinking about.

So, if my mind wandered and I was thinking about having to run an errand, I would envision walking to the errand and then visualize a leaf. I would follow the leaf to a serene location and watch it float down the water. Feel the breeze in the air. Etc.

Use these “daydreams” as the escape your brain needs.

Focusing on the leaf helped me a lot because I was able to block out everything else in my mind by focusing on the leaf. Silencing your mind is a beautiful retreat from reality and something that meditation offers if you’re willing to practice, consistently.

Bonus Tip

If you really want to meditate but are finding every excuse not to or fail to actually practice, one of the benefits of group meditation is that it keeps you motivated. Sometimes, group meditation works very well for some people, while others prefer to be alone.

Maybe you would excel in a group environment if you’re not finding success with your own practice.

Does Meditation Work For Everyone?

Eventually, meditation works for most people. “Everyone” is quite a large number, and there are going to be people that think meditation is boring and do not put their all into their practice. While I’m not 100% positive, I am also sure there are people with attention disorders that simply can’t meditate because of it.

But for most people, meditation will work.

If you try mantra meditation and it doesn’t work for you, try other forms of meditation. You’re sure to find some form of meditation practice that will work for you.

Wrapping Up

Now instead of asking, why doesn’t meditation work for me, you can focus on ways to start meditating. Often, there are simple distractions or false expectations that you’ll be a meditation practitioner in a single meditation session.

Instead, you need to change your mindset and the goal of meditation.

Regular practice is a must if you want to feel a sense of peace, improve body awareness, reach spiritual growth or just experience the positive impact and emotional benefits of meditation. Stay on course. Enjoy your meditation journey. And keep practicing.

Over time, you’ll find that benefits from meditation start popping up and you enjoy the journey even more.

4 Bulletproof Coffee Benefits So Good You MAY Switch Your Morning Drink

4 Bulletproof Coffee Benefits So Good You MAY Switch Your Morning Drink

Changing out your morning coffee for something new doesn’t happen often. I mean: would you stop drinking coffee? I wouldn’t. But I am not opposed to trying something new, especially if it’s good for me. Bulletproof coffee is the new “hot” drink, and it actually tastes pretty good.

We’re going to look at bulletproof coffee benefits, explain why you may want to start drinking it and see if this drink is worth drinking instead of your morning brew.

But before we start, what the heck is bulletproof coffee?

What the Heck is Bulletproof Coffee?

If you’re envisioning coffee beans with a Kevlar vest on, you’re way off. Instead, bulletproof coffee is part of a diet, and the goal is to drink this coffee rather than eat your traditional, carb-filled breakfast.

This coffee consists of:

  • High-quality coffee beans
  • Unsalted butter
  • Coconut oil (or a medium chain triglyceride)

You brew up the coffee like normal, blend up the ingredients really well and end with a brew that is rather similar to a latte and really creamy.

It’s very important that you focus on quality ingredients when making your cup of coffee. You’ll want to focus on:

  • Organic, grass-fed butter
  • Good quality coconut oil

You won’t be adding any milk, so you’ll be drinking a black coffee, although you won’t notice it with the coconut oil and grass-fed butter mixed in.

Now that we’ve defined bulletproof coffee for you, let’s answer an important question: What are the benefits of bulletproof coffee?

Let’s find out.

4 Must-Read Bulletproof Coffee Benefits

1. Energy Boost Instead of a Crash

In the morning, most people eat breakfast foods that cause them to crash. A regular diet may consist of:

  • Pancakes
  • French toast
  • English muffins
  • Pop tarts
  • Cereal

And in the morning, everyone seems to be in a rush, so they’ll grab the absolute fastest thing to eat. No one is thinking about a balanced diet or their digestive health when they’re rushing off to work.

One of the most important bulletproof coffee health benefits is that you’ll feel filled with energy for longer. You don’t have to worry about feeling very energetic after eating only to experience a blood sugar crash shortly after.

As an alternative to breakfast, bulletproof coffee is rather impressive.

Of course, you get the jolt of energy from coffee, but research shows that the real energy booster comes from the omega-3 and omega-6 fats that:

  • Slow metabolism of the butter
  • Cause you to hold onto energy
  • Naturally protect against crashing

MCT oil also aids in energy retention and the boosting effects of bulletproof coffee. MCTs are metabolized quickly for energy, while butter will work to help you maintain energy stores. Without the carbs and sugar, you won’t experience the immediate energy boost followed by the “did I even sleep” feeling 30 minutes later with bulletproof coffee.

2. Encourages Weight Loss

Most of the bulletproof coffee benefits that you’ll read about online deal with the keto diet. People that follow this diet need to have high fat in their diet, and they want to remain in a state of ketosis.

Studies on MCTs show that it:

  • Improves ketone conversion
  • Supports keto diet
  • Reduces side effects experienced with keto (i.e., keto flu)

Anyone on a low-carb diet who wants to find something to eat for breakfast should consider coffee with butter or ghee and an MCT oil. You can even have it after your morning workout without worrying about carbs being stored as fat, like what would happen with other breakfast foods.

Keto works for a lot of people because it uses body fat for energy and can help them improve their body composition.

In short: bulletproof coffee is a good breakfast substitute.

3. Anti-inflammatory Properties

Bulletproof coffee benefits also include anti-inflammation. MCT oils have been shown in studies to have anti-inflammation properties. The omega-fatty acids in the grass-fed butter also lend their own anti-inflammatory effects to your morning brew.

Optimizing the anti-inflammatory properties requires you to be very cautious of the ingredients that you put in your coffee.

In the ideal world, you’ll purchase ingredients that include:

  • Organic coffee
  • Grass-fed butter

Following an anti-inflammatory diet is something that a lot of healthcare professionals recommend, and it’s something you’ll want to discuss with your doctor, too. Inflammation is linked to many diseases and chronic illnesses, so being able to reduce it will improve your odds of living a happier, healthier life.

4. Boost Brain Function

Coffee boosts your brain function on its own. Caffeine is a natural stimulant, and studies show that it can:

  • Promote short-term brain function
  • Enhance focus
  • Improve mood
  • Boost reaction time

Caffeine also helps to stimulate your central nervous system, which will enhance your mood by producing more serotonin and dopamine.

It’s really important to note that the brain-boosting benefits are associated with caffeinated coffee in general and not just bulletproof coffee.

Studies even show that caffeine also improves alertness and is a great way to limit depression while also boosting mood. And the people who say “drink coffee and you’ll never sleep” are also misinformed. The truth is that coffee only disturbs sleep in certain very sensitive individuals.

If you’re concerned that you may be one of the individuals that are sensitive to caffeine, simply try to cut down your coffee consumption five or six hours before bed and see how you feel. Sleep is so crucial to your health that you may want to skip out on coffee if you can’t sleep well at night after drinking a cup.

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Does Bulletproof Coffee Break a Fast?

Anyone dieting and following intermittent fasting (IF) may want to know: will bulletproof coffee break a fast?

And the answer is all over the place.

Naturally, people who push products for dieting say that bulletproof coffee and intermittent fasting work great together because it won’t break your fast. However, this is simply not the case because any caloric intake will break a fast.

When you fast, the body will enter autophagy, or a stage where it cleans up toxins in the body and repairs the body. However, a few points to note here are:

  • Bulletproof coffee breaks your fast
  • If you’re following the keto diet, this coffee is keto-friendly

So, to clarify, one of the bulletproof coffee benefits that are completely false is that drinking this creamy latte won’t break a fast. If you don’t want to break your fast and need an extra jolt of caffeine, you can drink completely black coffee.

Butter coffee or anything with added oils or sugars may fit into ketogenic diets and help you maintain your energy levels longer, but it will break your fast.

Are There Bulletproof Coffee Benefits for Skin?

Yes and no. Many of the skin benefits that you’ll read about are not because you’re drinking this type of coffee. Instead, your morning cup of regular coffee offers a ton of skin benefits, such as:

  • Reduce acne
  • Lower inflammation
  • Protects the skin from UV-damage
  • Improves wound healing thanks to linoleic acid
  • Potentially reduces cellulite
  • Reduces under-eye inflammation

And most of these benefits are actually due to the chlorogenic acids and caffeine in the coffee.

If you’re upset that bulletproof coffee benefits for skin aren’t really a “thing,” you’ll want to read through our extensive article on coffee benefits for the skin. Many of these benefits are exactly what you’ll experience with bulletproof coffee, too.

P.S. there are also coffee benefits for hair that will have your hair looking its best in no time.

Wrapping Up: Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee

If you’re into creamy coffee drinks, there’s no harm in experimenting with bulletproof coffee benefits for yourself. People on the keto diet find that this type of coffee is a good substitute for breakfast and is worth drinking alongside regular coffee.

You can use the basic recipe above to experience the health benefits of bulletproof coffee, or you can find companies willing to sell it to you premade.

But for me, I prefer making my own because it’s cheaper and I know exactly what I’m putting in it.

How to Feel Well Rested in 9 Quick Steps

How to Feel Well Rested in 9 Quick Steps

Do you wake up every day, put on the coffee pot, get ready and then wonder if you even sleep at night? If so, you’re not alone. Life is a struggle, and no one really teaches you how to feel well rested or stresses the importance of getting enough sleep per night.

Well, that’s going to change today.

I’m not a sleep specialist, but I’ve done a ton of research on quality sleep and restorative sleep that I want to share with you. Instead of giving you a list of sleep tips to follow, I recommend following the steps outlined below because they’ve been crucial in my own daily routine to feel well rested in the morning.

9 Steps on How to Feel Well Rested

1. Set and Stick to a Sleep Schedule

If you want to feel well rested in the morning, the first step is to set and stick to a sleep schedule. Setting a sleep schedule means going to bed and waking up at the same time every day – even on weekends.

When you follow a consistent sleep schedule, your body will naturally be tired and ready for bed when the time comes. Your body will also wake up naturally at the same time.

Consistency is key. If you’re following a schedule, you can be sure that you’re getting enough sleep most (if not all) days of the week. When you don’t follow a schedule, you may get to bed late one or two nights a week, which can throw off your entire rhythm.

2. Exercise During the Day

Want to know how to sleep less and still feel well rested? Get better sleep. The link at the start of the paragraph is a great place to start learning about sleep quality and the different types of sleep you’ll experience.

But without getting too technical, exercise during the day to sleep better at night.

Why?

  • A review of 29 studies found that exercise improves both sleep duration and quality
  • Four studies in the review found no impact of exercise on sleep
  • One study found exercise negatively impacted sleep

So, the majority of studies found that exercise improves restful sleep and will help you feel well rested.

What happened in the other studies?

We can’t say with 100% certainty what happened with the other studies, but it’s very possible that participants did one of the following:

  • Exercised too close to bedtime and had a jolt of energy after (don’t exercise if you have three hours or less before your head hits the pillow)
  • Regular exercise wasn’t intense enough to promote better, deep sleep

Power and strength workouts are great for promoting sleep – in my experience. If you engage in intense endurance workouts, they can also make you sleep better. However, if you’re just “there” in the gym and not really pushing yourself, you might not notice a difference in how rested you feel the next morning.

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3. Start Going Outside for 30+ Minutes a Day

Want to know how to feel well rested? Go outside. This may sound like “hocus pocus” to some or a crazy natural promotion, but it’s not. In fact, a study was done on increasing daylight exposure and sleep.

Participants in this study were office workers behind EC glass.

But, many experts recommend just going outdoors for about 30 minutes a day. Read a book. Exercise. Or just do something outside that you want to do.

Why?

The study found:

  • Optimizing daylight led to better overall sleep
  • Light exposure increased cognitive assessments by 42%

The CDC also recommends that you spend 30 minutes a day outside. Why? If you expose yourself to natural light, it will strengthen your biological rhythms. These rhythms will help you sleep better at night and feel more awake and energized during the day.

4. Establish a Bedtime Routine

Routines seem to help with everything. If you want to feel well rested, create a sleep routine. The issue that many people have, and this is definitely true for myself, is that I try cheating the system.

My ideal sleep routine looks something like this:

  • Go to sleep at 11
  • Wake up at 6 – 6:30

But when I finish work late or binge-watch television, I’ll stay up to 12 or 1 and still try to get up by 6:30. The first day, I might feel great, but I’ll eventually begin to feel tired and worn out.

You need to get a certain number of hours of sleep, often 7 – 8, for most people reading this article. Set a sleep schedule that you can follow every day and just stick to it. Within a week or two, you’ll realize that you knew how to feel well rested the entire time: sleep enough.

P.S. We have an intense article on how to get to bed on time starting tonight.

5. Incorporate Relaxation Techniques Into Your Nightly Routine

Some people are always going. You know, the people that clean the house, walk the dog, put the kids to bed, work on their degree and then plop into bed just thinking about what they’re going to do in the morning.

If you’re like this, drink a glass of wine and create a relaxation routine to actually get tired.

A few ways to do this are:

  • Take a warm bath about 30 – 60 minutes before bed
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Engage in meditation
  • Listen to soothing music
  • Anything that relaxes you

Sleep architecture is important, and if you want to stop having a poor sleep and feeling exhausted in the morning, be sure to incorporate relaxation techniques before bed.

6. Don’t Eat a Big Meal Before Bed

If you want to wind down for the night, don’t eat a big meal. Certain foods will keep you awake at night. Instead, try not having a big meal before bed unless you know that the meal won’t keep you awake.

For example, if I eat a big bowl of pasta, it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll fall asleep very fast.

But, in general, try not eating within 2 – 3 hours before bed.

7. Avoid Caffeine and Naps in the Afternoon

If you can, avoid drinking caffeine after late afternoon or early evening. Caffeine takes 3 – 5 hours to half leave the body. The remaining 50% of the caffeine may remain in the body for a lot longer.

8. Change Your Space to Promote a Good Night’s Sleep

Now that you’re not drinking your caffeinated hot or cold brew coffee, it’s time to focus on your space. A few of the changes that you can make in your space to promote sleep are:

  • Eliminate light – blackout curtains work well
  • Keep the room at 60 – 67 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Eliminate noise

You really just need to block outside light, even if this means wearing a sleep mask, putting on a white noise machine and lowering your body temperature by keeping the room cool.

9. Make Sure You Don’t Have a Sleep Disorder

sleep doctorSleep disorders may not seem common, but when you look through the symptoms outlined by the CDC, there are quite a few that you may have. If you’re trying to learn how to feel well rested, go through these symptoms and check any that you’re experiencing:

  • You take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep
  • You wake up earlier than you should in the morning
  • You sleep 7 – 8+ hours a night and don’t feel rested
  • When you wake up, you feel like it’s difficult to move
  • You use stimulants to stay awake during the day
  • Your arms or legs jerk when you sleep
  • When you sleep, you snore loudly or make a choking sound, often attributed to sleep apnea
  • Sometimes, you have sudden muscle weakness when you laugh or get angry
  • If given a chance to nap, you fall asleep within 5 minutes

Of course, these are just some of the symptoms of a sleep disorder that you should be concerned about. A doctor’s checkup will help verify if you have a disorder or if you need to change up your bedtime routine.

Final Thoughts

If you’re struggling to feel well rested in the morning, even after a good night’s sleep, consider talking to your doctor. Sleep disorders are very real and may be the culprit holding you back from feeling well rested.

Now that you know how to feel well rested when you wake up, it’s time to go through each of these steps and see how they work for you.

Often, small tweaks to your sleeping habits can make you feel so much better.