What Is Guided Sleep Meditation and How Does It Help?
You probably know what meditation is if you’re here. Guided sleep meditations are guided audio tracks that lead you through a series of emotions and thoughts that help you train your brain to enter a state of sleep.
They typically have a soft, soothing voice telling you what to focus on and soft background music or sounds. You listen to them when you’re relaxing and ready to sleep. It’s as simple as that, and once you listen to one of the guided sleep meditations below you’ll understand exactly what I mean.
11 Best Guided Sleep Meditations on YouTube
Long Deep Sleep Guided Meditation – Guided Talk-down Experience – Meditation Vacation
I’ve used this guided meditation a number of times and it’s never failed to help me drift off to sleep. Even after a hectic day when I hit the pillow with all kinds of thoughts racing through my mind.
The guide uses a combination of techniques. Talking you through how to let go of stress and tension, and relax your mind and body. He uses several soothing sounds that help you drift to the most relaxing place you’ve ever imagined. It’s truly a relaxing and profound experience.
Fall Asleep Fast – A Guided Sleep Hypnosis Meditation – Lauren Ostrowski Fenton
Lauren Ostrowski Fenton, the woman behind this video has the perfect voice for guided sleep meditations. She has a number of relaxing meditations designed to help you sleep, become calmer, and reduce stress. So, I recommend checking out more of her work, but this video, in particular, is really effective for helping you sleep.
This video has hypnosis and ASMR elements to it. Lauren talks you through how to relax your mind and body with soothing sounds. It’s a perfect combination to help you drift off into a deep sleep.
Guided Sleep Meditation to Let Go for Fear, Anxiety, and Worry Before Sleep – Jason Stephenson
For some people, a male voice just works better than a female voice. If that’s you, or you want to try a male voice, this guided meditation is a welcome introduction to one of the most famous and well-known meditation guides, Jason Stephenson.
It also has some ASMR and hypnosis elements. Along with Jason’s instructions on how to control your breathing and your body to help you relax and fall into a deep state of sleep.
1-Hour Power Nap Meditation – The Honest Guys
The Honest Guys have one of the most popular YouTube channels for guided meditations and I’ve been listening to them for years now. They call this track a power nap. Although there is a gentle bell when it finishes, you should carry on sleeping if you’re there.
The narration helps paint a picture of a tranquil place where you can place yourself. Then it talks you through how to relax, there are soothing wildlife sounds, and you will find yourself falling deeper into sleep as it progresses.
Deep Sleep Hypnosis for Mind, Body, and Spirit Cleansing – Michael Sealey
The background soundscape for this guided track is a combination of rain and soft music. Rain has a soothing effect on the subconscious mind of most of us, myself included, and I found this track to be very effective at helping me fall asleep.
Reading the notes from the author, Michael Sealey, he also said it can trigger positive dreams. I found this very interesting as I had some very profound, but positive dreams after falling asleep to this track. A good meditation to increase mindfulness too.
Guided Sleep Meditation for Healing – The Honest Guys
If you feel like your mind and body needs some extra care and attention to aid your sleep, this guided meditation from The Honest Guys is worth a listen.
During this guided track you will be talked-down into a state of relaxation. They use a meditation healing technique that promotes love and healing. When used on a regular basis to embed into your subconscious mind, there are some powerful healing benefits to this track.
I went through a period where I would use this track every other day, and after about a month I was really feeling the benefits. I’d not only sleep better, but I would also wake with an energized and positive feeling inside.
Chakra Alignment Spoken Guided Meditation for Sleep – Jason Stephenson
I’ve included this guided track for those who want to connect with the energy centers in their bodies, known as chakras. Jason Stephenson talks you through how to recognize, connect with, and use the chakras around your body.
This is one of the most powerful Chakra alignment meditations I’ve ever found. With almost 15 million views at the time of writing this, clearly I’m not the only person to find and love this meditation.
I can’t recommend giving this track a listen to high enough. Maybe it’s not for beginners, but even if you’re new to meditation there a lot to learn about yourself by listening to it.
Fall Asleep Fast – A Guided Meditation – Meditation Vacation
The title couldn’t more descriptive, could it? I think this guided meditation is perfect for beginners. It’s a simple, soothing backing track of soothing sounds, and your guide takes you through the steps you need to follow to relax and fall asleep fast.
I found myself being able to immerse myself within this one on the first time I listened to it, so it gets a recommendation thumbs up from me. It fades out wonderfully at the end leaving you sound asleep.
15-Minute Deep Sleep Guided Meditation – Meditation Relaxation
A lot of people I speak with find it difficult to get into the guided meditations that last for hours. For some people, it takes that long. But for others, they need to get through the steps quickly to be able to benefit from the track.
Everyone is different, and no two meditations or results are the same. It’s important to remember that when you’re using meditations. Don’t get hung up on expecting to see immediate results.
If you’re just starting out, or if you are the kind of person that needs a short meditation I recommend trying this 15-minute guided journey. If it’s not enough, you can always listen to one of the other, longer tracks I’ve covered in this article.
Guided Sleep Meditation for Insomnia – Lina Grace
This guided meditation takes you through a talk-down to help you relax, then Lina reads a sleep story, followed by the soothing sounds of rain. The guide, Lina Grace, specializes in sleep stories, so it’s something a little different from some of the other guided talk-downs.
It takes you on a journey while telling a story, something I found to be very enjoyable and relaxing. Just picture being all snuggly indoors while it’s raining and having a sleep story read to you in a soothing voice – sounds wonderful doesn’ it?
Fall Asleep Fast and Peacefully Guided Meditation – Relax For A While
This soothing guided sleep meditation takes you through a progressive relaxation journey with visualization and healing techniques. Joanne uses talk-down techniques to help you relax, then introduces relaxing sounds of ocean waves and soft music to lull you into a deeper sleep.
Personally, I respond well to this style of track that starts with a talk-down and progresses into soothing sounds and music.
Over to You…
I hope you found some new gems in this list of the best guided sleep meditations on YouTube. A decent amount of research went into putting this post together, but it was a pleasure listening through them as I meditated and drifted off to sleep.
I always enjoy hearing other people’s experiences with guided meditations. Please take the time to let me know what’s working for you or if you have any helpful information and feedback in the comments below.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.