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How not to fall asleep when meditating?

Ensure that you get enough sleep. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re likely to fall asleep in your next meditation.

Take a few deep, slow breaths. Repeat a few times until you feel more awake.

Don’t eat a big meal before meditating. If you feel hungry before a meditation, eat a small snack beforehand rather than a three-course meal.

Stand up and do some mindful stretching, yoga, tai chi or walking. Then go back to your sitting- or lying-down meditation.

Experiment with meditating at different times of day. Some people feel wide awake in the mornings, others in the afternoon or evening. Find the right time for you.

Open your eyes and let some light in. In some meditation traditions, all meditations are done with eyes half or fully open for the duration of the practice. Experiment to see what works for you. When doing this, continue to focus on your breath, body, sounds, sights, thoughts or emotions – whatever you’ve decided to make the focus of your mindful awareness.

Become aware of the state of mind called sleepiness. This is difficult but worth a try. Before you feel too sleepy, notice and get curious about how your body, mind and emotions feel. This can sometimes dissipate the sleepiness and enable you to cope with it next time it happens.