Sleep is essential for good health and well-being of our organisms. I have read that some meditation masters don’t need much sleep. They transcend sleep. I have also read that some experts believe that your meditation is not effective enough unless it can give you nourishment like sleep does. Well, I have not been able to find as much relaxation in meditation as in sleep so far. I feel no matter how many hours of meditation I practice I still need sleep. But sometimes I observe certain things which suggest that meditation has its own role.
Sleep provides a certain type of healing and nurturing which might not be available in meditation and vice versa. I feel our health, environment and certain other factors play a crucial role in determining the quality of sleep. If we see a lot of dreams and don’t get enough dreamless sleep we’ll wake up tired. Sometimes it might happen that you wake up more tense and tired compared to when you went to bed. It is especially true in case of some intense energy activity in your body. The energy needs you to have a certain posture to allow smooth flow and in sleep you might not be able to accommodate for it, therefore when you’re awake–surrendering to the energy might heal you- as energy trapped in various layers gets released. There are many layers where energy is lying in form of darkness. Unseen or suppressed emotions and muscular fatigue and tension exist in separate layers. Together they make you feel heavy and uneasy. When witnessing of these layers is done and smooth energy flow happens the energy gets released and you feel relaxed. There is light and bliss which keeps growing.
This is the reason why sometimes you need to adhere to sleeping schedules. Oversleeping might not be because of tiredness but because dark energy makes you feel heavy and unresolved conflicts are taking form of dreams. If meditation allows you to give certain smooth flow to the prime energy channel and frees up the trapped energy you will do well with balanced sleep but oversleeping will tend to make your muscles heavier and mind darker. In some cases you will observe that meditation is more effective than sleep and in some other cases sleep works better but both of them are needed in tandem in order to gain a healthy balance for most of us.