What is the Best Time For Meditation?

what is the best time for meditation

There are many things in life that are beyond our control. However, it is possible to take responsibility for our own states of mind – and to change them for the better … Meditation is a means of transforming the mind. Via thebuddhistcentre.com

If you’ve been searching for meditation advice online, you’ll notice one thing is very consistent: most will say that as long as you’re meditating every day, it doesn’t matter what time you choose.

Except that it does.

You might be struggling with meditation because you’ve chosen the wrong time to meditate.

What is the best time for meditation? There are some specific times that are better than others.

Choosing one of these specific times should be based on what you hope to accomplish from meditation in the first place.

Here are the 4 best times to meditate and the benefits that they can provide.

 

#1. Early in the morning

When you first wake up in the morning is an awesome time to initiate meditation.

We often think of meditation as a relaxation and stress reduction exercise, but it is more than that.

At night, you’re often trying to fall asleep. With an early morning meditation, you’re literally telling your mind that it is time to be “falling awake.”

Meditation in the early morning also tends to get your day started off right.

Ever notice how oversleeping by just 5-10 minutes can throw off your entire day? By committing to meditation before breakfast, you can get your routine to set the tone for your day right away.

It can be difficult to hear the alarm, roll out of bed, and instantly start meditation.

It is important to find easy ways to meditate in this early hours, especially if  you’re first getting started.

One of the easiest things to do is to just stay in bed. Don’t attempt to get yourself into the lotus position. Just stay where you are in bed and when you’re fully awake, begin to meditate.

How long do you have to meditate in the early morning?

This depends on the structure of your day.

If you can meditate for 20 minutes, then do so.

You can also break up your meditation time into two blocks of 10 minutes if need be, putting the second 10 minute block into one of the other time blocks.

Even if you can only spare 5 minutes, use them to meditate. It can make a profound difference in how you see your day.

 

#2. On your lunch break 

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Sometimes people have a better experience meditating in the middle of their day.

A lunch meditation session can help you counter the stress that was experienced during the first part of the day while preparing the mind to be alert and ready for more problems later in the afternoon.

It breaks up the day into manageable sections that naturally create less stress.

If you have a 60 minute lunch break, then you can easily take 20 minutes to meditate and still have time to eat.

If you have a 30 minute break, then consider a 15-20 minute meditation session and use a later mid-afternoon break for your meal.

The benefit of this meditation time is that the structure helps your thoughts be able to form into creative centers during the fatigue that always hits around 3pm [or an equivalent time if you work alternative shifts].

During the last 60-90 minutes of work, it can be very difficult to complete tasks.

Meditating before this period of fatigue can give you healthy mental energies to get you through without caffeine or unhealthy snacks.

But I have trouble creating a quiet environment to meditate at work. This is where the benefit of brainwave entrainment products can really shine through.

Put on some headphones and the world will disappear. Brainwave entrainment also encourages the mind to tune itself to certain frequencies so that specific results can be achieved.

 

#3. When you first get home 

Structure is important. We can better manage our time, thoughts, and feelings when we have the right structure in place.

For those who struggle to keep their personal and professional life separated from each other, meditating right after getting home can help provide the structure that is needed to make this happen. 

What is the best time for meditation in this circumstance? Get in the house, grab something to eat or drink if needed, and then give yourself time to create that separation.

For those who only have 10 minutes at the beginning of their day to meditate, another 10 minute meditation session at this time can provide some tremendous benefits. 

The struggle at this time period is that the mind is still quite active from the professional responsibilities demanded of it throughout the day.

It can be difficult to get the mind to become still. Acknowledge the thoughts and emotions that come by and set them aside if you can for later processing.

Be present in that moment and search for its perfection.

 

#4. The moment you have a lot of stress 

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Meditation is a good proactive method of handling stress, but it can be an excellent reactive method as well.

If you are feeling completely stressed out and you’re ready to snap, then use meditation as a coping skill.

Take a walk and still the mind.

Find a quiet corner and focus on a single point.

Make a conscious choice to do something with the various ways to meditate that exist and you’ll free yourself from the traps stress can leave for you every day. 

What is unique about this type of meditation is that you can do it at any time of day for any length of time. If you need 2 minutes to compose yourself, then do a “mini meditation” during that time.

The effects will accumulate, especially if you’re regularly meditating for 15-20 minutes somewhere else during the day, and you will be able to find more peace. 

How can you begin a mini meditation?

A few deep breaths where all you focus on is your breathing is the easiest way to begin.

You don’t even need a quiet environment, although it helps because there’s one less potential distraction.

This type of meditation is so powerful that it has the potential of relieving headaches, joint pain, and feelings of fatigue that can creep up on you over the day. 

What is the best time for meditation? Sometimes it is that one moment during the day that is causing you to struggle.

Step aside for a moment, meditate to bring stillness, and your creative centers will engage once again to find solution.

 

When Should You Avoid Meditating? 

The best time for meditation does not usually include the time that is around the regular time you go to bed. Although some people say that meditating right before bed is OK, because the mind and brain are very receptive at this time.

If you wake up in the middle of the night, meditating to get back to sleep is also not recommended. Why? 

Because it runs counter to the process of meditation that you’re attempting to establish.

Meditation should be associated with waking the mind up, to stimulate it, rather than relax it. If you get in the habit of falling asleep while meditating, then the benefits can be less profound. 

If you’re struggling to fall asleep at night, consider an alternative to meditation: deep sleep audio.

There are numerous brainwave audio programs that can help to induce a deep, relaxing sleep with simple soundwaves, isochronic beats, and musical patterns.

By focusing on the theta waves, just 15 minutes of use can calm an anxious and agitated mind and better prepare it to fall asleep.


 

Here’s What Has Worked For Me 

For me, the answer isn’t trying to carve out time in the morning.

At the moment, I have virtually no time in the morning to meditate with my daily responsibilities. Instead I’ve set aside time in the afternoon or evening. 

I prefer to use brainwave audio for meditating in the afternoon because it helps me to calm down.

I really love the Brain Evolution System because after 30 minutes of listening to one of the levels, I’m ready to meditate on my own for another 20-30 minutes. 

If I need to wait until the evening to meditate, then I tend to avoid using any audio products to assist with my meditation.

I do, however, try to meditate for a longer period of time – sometimes up to 60 minutes.

 

What Will Work For You? 

If you’re struggling to find the best time for meditation, then try experimenting with the various times listed here.

Some people benefit more from multiple mini meditations throughout the day.

Others need an early morning boost or the structure that a late afternoon meditation session can provide.

There is no right or wrong answer here. 

You can choose to add brainwave entrainment audio, your favorite music, or even white noise to help meditate.

Everyone is different. There isn’t a one-sized-fits-all solution. 

You simply need to define the purpose of meditating.

When you can figure out your purpose, then you’ll figure out the best time to do meditation.

Just avoid using meditation to fall asleep as that may limit the benefits that can be experienced. 

What is the best time for meditation? It is the time that works best for you.

And what is your favorite time of the day to meditate?

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25 Responses to What is the Best Time For Meditation?

  1. Akeim August 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    Good Day Luke!

    I was really intrigue about your article. Before reading this I thought it didn’t matter what time of the day you meditate. I really had an eye-opener when you said it’s not good to mediate before bed. Also I didn’t know meditation should be use more as a stimulation practice rather than to relax. Quick question though…Do you recommend mediating while you are driving?

    Thanks

    • Luke August 3, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi. There are different theories about meditating before going to bed. I think I mentioned that in my article.

      As for driving and meditation. You can always count your breaths while driving, this should calm your mind. Just don’t close your eyes!

  2. Sarah August 3, 2015 at 7:45 pm #

    This is such a great post. I do my best to meditate regularly, but never thought too much about when I meditate.

    I do prefer mediating in the mornings, right after I wake up. It really is a great way to get your day started. But since I started a new job and have to be out of the house by 5:30 am, I haven’t been able to get up even earlier than I have to.

    On the days I don’t work I do meditate in the mornings though.

    I also enjoy it when I feel stressed or out of it. Sometimes my mind just gets too busy and wants to do too many things at once. So I sit myself down, relax, breathe and focus.

    It helps slow my mind down and lets me focus on the task at hand instead of trying not to forget any of the long list of things I have to do.

  3. Angel August 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm #

    Dear Luke,

    Wow, this was quite informative indeed in the way that one should or should not do meditation. I have a friend of mine that would be more than happy to read this Blog Post Article as much as I did since I rarely knew when it was a good time to do it and when it is not recommended to do it. Thanks for shedding light on something that has confused me for some years now. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best with your online success above and beyond the horizon,

    ~Angel

  4. Anh Nguyen August 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm #

    Hi Luke,
    I actually learn a lot from this article. I am interested in meditation since a young age, it’s probably related to the fact that I was Buddhist. I didn’t have a lot of good experience with meditation until I grow up though, a kid’s mind is probably harder to calm down.

    I found myself meditating when I am stressed and at night most of the time, before bed. Since I am not the most early riser, it’s hard to put anything that takes time in the morning, ha ha. I found using white noises or instructions helps a lot, I usually listen to Calm’s audio.

    I can see why it’s not a good idea to meditate before bed though, I try not to meditate when I am too tired or risk sleeping in the process. Meditating is not yet part of my daily life although I think it could be quite beneficial. Do you think young people around 20-25 should spend time meditating?

    • Luke August 31, 2015 at 3:09 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Anh.

      Of course that you can start meditating regularly at this age. 🙂

      Good luck!

  5. JeffWA September 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm #

    Luke,
    This was a very enlightening article. I am more into yoga because of my weekly activities involving bicycle riding as a form of exercise/workouts, which helps to relax and stretch my muscles.
    Meditation as discussed in your article indeed is a way to relax and stimulate one’s mind – so many of us are stressed out in today’s world.
    I found it interesting especially with the fact that you suggested meditating shortly before going to bed at night is actually a bad time to engage in this activity. I would have thought before reading the article that meditation would help relax the mind to help prepare it for the restful state of unconsciousness as we sleep. But in the article you stated that mediation serves as a method for waking up and stimulating the brain – the exact opposite as should happen when one tries to fall asleep!
    Great article, Luke!
    Jeff

    • Luke September 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

      Hi. Thanks for the comment. It can also be helpful before going to sleep. You need to experiment. Everyone is different. Maybe it will work for you.

  6. Shawn September 9, 2015 at 4:33 pm #

    I use the early evening to try to get in meditation time. I have a hard time not falling asleep, but I am getting better, lol.
    You talk about right before bedtime as being not the best time to try this, but it is really the easiest for me for some reason.
    I have been trying it after supper time lately and this seems to be best if I can get away to do it.
    Why is right before bed not a good time?

    Shawn>>

    • Luke September 9, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi. Right before bed may not be a good time because you’re probably tired and you will fall asleep. However this is not a rule. If you think it’s OK for you to meditate right before bed – then do it!

  7. Nate September 15, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    Hey Luke

    Spot on with this. And great that you give some alternative times as every one is different and certain times will be more effective for some.

    I used to prefer my meditation straight after getting home. It was a great way to separate work from personal life as you mention and a great way to wind down.

    Now, as I am working from home, I find around the middle of the day is my preferred time. It’s a nice break up of the day and a regeneration for the 2nd half of the day.

    I tried doing mornings for a while but I always found that I fell asleep. I’m always sleepy in the morning so something like staying in bed and waiting to wake up never works for me as I’d just go back to sleep! Getting up and having a cold shower works better for me!

    But I understand that for a lot of people the morning is their sharpest time of the day. This tends to come for me later in the day.

    Anyway great post – thanks for sharing.

    • Luke September 15, 2015 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks a lot for your comment, Nate!

  8. Viljoen September 26, 2015 at 7:42 am #

    Meditation a great tool for letting go of stress. To clear your mind once in a while can do wonders for the mind. At the moment I am listening to binaural beats as i type this comment.

    Brainwave entertainment will also do wonders for people that are struggling with insomnia, by releasing anxiety and stress.

  9. Neil October 3, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Hey Luke.

    My Doctor recommended meditation due to all the pressures in life I’m suffering from, so here I am at your website 🙂

    Yeah, I can see how meditating in the mornings can be a great start to the day because it puts us in the right frame of mind.

    As for lunch times and home times, it’s virtually impossible for me because of too many distractions and too much noise too.

    However, mornings and evenings would be ideal for me.

    Thanks for this, and you have been a big help on the subject of meditation.

    Neil

    • Luke October 3, 2015 at 7:26 am #

      Hey Neil

      I’m sure that meditation will help you improve your quality of life.

      Good luck 🙂

  10. Igor October 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm #

    Hello!

    This is a very interesting subject and your article is very good. I have been dealing with this subject all my life and one thing I know for sure; there are no two same paths through this! Everybody must discover the most suitable pace for awakening for them, cause that is what the meditation is all about. I don`t think there is the best time for meditation, cause sooner or later our capability to remain centered will be tested in most stressful situations. Eventually, mediation needs to be there at any moment.
    Thanks for the great article!

  11. Samantha October 6, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

    What a timely article! I was just thinking the other day how annoying it is that every time I try to meditate – which is before bed – I just end up falling asleep instead.

    It makes a lot of sense that meditating wakes up the brain, so my habit of falling asleep clearly means that I wasn’t meditating at all. I’m going to try shifting my time to the mornings. That’s when I feel the most awake anyway, so it should work better!

    • Luke October 6, 2015 at 8:43 pm #

      Yes, you need to experiment to find out what works best for you. Good luck!

  12. Kush1000 October 10, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    Hi there! That’s a nice post you have created here.
    Very nicely explained and easy for a reader to understand.
    I will definitely come back to this site in the future.
    I’m sure many people will find this article as useful and interesting as I did.
    Thanks for sharing this nice information.
    Cheers and best of luck to you.

  13. Mario January 11, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    Hey Luke! Very informative article, I try to meditate often but sometimes I forget to do it, I know the benefits of it and how greate is for your mind and body madtiating everyday, some times when I couldn’t sleep I try to meditate but didn’t work and now I know why, thanks for the info, have a great day.

  14. Maurice January 19, 2016 at 3:04 pm #

    I like the topic on meditation I also have a niche in mindfullness. Do you find it successful?

    The colour green really suits the topic.

    Other than that, great content. Very in depth and clear to me. I like specific and thats exactly what this is. I will try it out tomorrow, cheers

    • Luke January 19, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      Yeah, I like this niche, Maurice. It’s very broad. There is always something to write about. 🙂

  15. Ian April 12, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Hi Luke,
    I also practice meditation, and I find that doing it every evening around 8 or 9 PM is the best time, at least for me. It allows me to let go of any negative energy accumulated from my day. I haven’t tried any of the brainwave type of meditations that you mention in your post, though they sound interesting.

  16. lilywong October 26, 2016 at 2:05 am #

    Interesting information you have here. I like meditating, but I never thought about the best time for doing it. I usually just go for it when I need to. But, I like that you highlighted the different times in the day when meditation works best – it creates a more solid system to the practice too. Thanks for this!

  17. Rob S. August 10, 2017 at 2:33 am #

    I love meditation. It just releases calmness from within.
    I feel as though it takes me away from the stresses of life and eases my mind.
    I like to meditate in the morning and mid afternoon since I’m retired. I have to be in a place that is quiet.
    But I find I get the most out of meditating when there’s stress involved. Taking deep breaths and letting things go just totally changes my mood.
    Great information. Thank you!

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