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The Many Benefits of Meditation

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Meditation benefits include improved attention, memory, processing speed and creativity. It may also help counteract age-related loss of brain volume
  • Meditation can give you an energizing boost similar to caffeine, but meditation accomplishes this without the adverse effects associated with caffeine
  • Meditation provides your body with rest that is two to five times deeper than sleep. Meditating for 20 minutes equates to a 1.5-hour nap, but you won’t have that “sleep hangover” afterward. Instead, you’ll feel awake and refreshed

There is growing evidence to show that meditation can make you healthier and happier. For example, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is sometimes used to treat depression, and brain imaging technology suggests meditation actually changes your brain in a number of beneficial ways.

MRI scans have shown that long-term meditation can alter the structure of your cerebral cortex, the outer layer of your brain. Additionally, brain regions associated with attention and sensory processing have been shown to be thicker in those who meditate.


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