A little extra sleep is never a bad thing! Sometimes, falling asleep during your practice is your body’s way of telling you what it needs, and this happens to almost all meditators at some point! To help you not fall asleep during your practice, try sitting up on a pillow or cushion placed on the ground or sitting in a well supported chair, crossed legged, with your hands on your thighs, palms facing up or down, and you’ll likely avoid the issue of falling asleep. For those who actually need help falling asleep, try a yoga nidra or a body scan practice, as they are actually super helpful when you are having trouble falling asleep at night.
Supporting your Young Person
It can be helpful to remind your young person that while you want to be comfortable during a practice, you don’t want to be too comfortable! It is quite possible that they fall asleep during their practice since they most likely don’t get enough sleep as it is (e.g., late-night sleepovers, screen-time binges, and late-night study sessions). Don’t worry too much about it though, they are trying and that is what matters!