Sleep with awareness is nothing but yoga nidra used to relax each part of the body. It is a deeply relaxing meditative practice that restores to good condition of body and mind. Many people suffer from a lack of good sleep and can lead to health problems. Yoga nidra balances the nervous systems, releases physical tension, balances left and right sides of the brain. Practice yoga nidra with simple methods of meditations, train your mind and body to stay active.
Here is a step by step guide to do yoga nidra
Lie down straight on your back in Corpse Pose (Shavasana). Close your eyes and relax. Take a few deep breaths in and out. Remember to take slow and relaxed breaths, and not ujjayi breaths.
Start by gently taking your attention to your right foot. Keep your attention there for a few seconds, while relaxing your foot. Then gently move your attention up to the right knee, right thigh and hip (again for a couple of seconds). Become aware of your whole right leg. Repeat this process for the left leg.
Similarly, take your attention to all parts of the body: genital area, stomach, navel region, chest, right shoulder and right arm, followed by the left shoulder and left arm, throat, face and the top of the head.
Take a deep breath in, observe the sensations in your body, and relax in this still state for a few minutes.
Now, slowly becoming aware of your body and surroundings, turn to your right side and keep lying down for a few more minutes.
Taking your own time, you may then slowly sit up, and whenever you feel comfortable, slowly and gradually open your eyes.