Have You Tried Yoga for Insomnia?

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From Yoga at Home (Rizzoli) by Linda Sparrowe

Lately I have been struggling to fall asleep, and since I want to treat the issue naturally and gently, I am turning my attention to exercise and yoga, both of which have been largely missing from my habits in the past year.

Wanna hear the skinny on why I need to get crack-a-lackin and back to yoga?

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How Yoga Can Help You Sleep with a Clear Mind

With millions of practitioners across the world, yogis the world over can attest to the many benefits that come along with yoga. Aside from helping you become fitter and more flexible, it has also been proven to promote holistic health, including preventing and reducing the effects of chronic illnesses. What’s more, yoga can be practiced at home, as mentioned previously on Hello Lovely.

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From Yoga at Home (Rizzoli) by Linda Sparrowe

What many folks don’t know, however, is that yoga can also help improve your quality of sleep. 

How? For starters, exercise is a core component to improve rest. A post on Leesa states that working out is beneficial for sleep as well as improving your overall health. Not only does it help you lose weight, it can also help regulate stress levels, lower blood pressure, improve mood, and promote better sleep, provided you are training at the right intensity.

Yoga takes this one step further. Not only does it work out the body, it also works out the mind, which does wonders to help keep you calm especially when you encounter stressful situations. A study published by Applied Psychophysiology and Feedback revealed yoga can help your quality of sleep even if you’re a chronic insomniac. Not surprisingly, past research confirms one reason for insomnia is stress and anxiety. Those who suffer with insomnia have difficulty sleeping because they tend to run through the day’s events, particularly negative thoughts, over and over again in their heads. This propensity to worry keeps the mind active, preventing sufficient rest at night. Yoga helps calm the mind. Through the meditation and relaxation exercises that are a core part of yoga, the study showed people were able to manage their stress levels better so that they become less prone to physiological arousal. This in turn allowed them to: enjoy more restful sleep, fall asleep in s shorter time, and sleep longer than before they tried yoga.

Aside from the aforementioned benefits, yoga can help remove aches and pains, which may prevent you from falling asleep at night. Stretching exercises may help to loosen tight muscles and work out knots which can cause bodily discomfort making it even more difficult to get quality sleep. 

The National Sleep Foundation claims that doing yoga on a regular basis can help you fall asleep more easily and for a longer period. Furthermore, yoga also helps you to fall back asleep faster with middle of the night wakefulness. Additional studies have discovered yoga can even improve how the elderly sleep – an age group known for struggling with restlessness and sleep disturbances.

The beauty of yoga is that unlike other types of exercise, it is relatively low-impact and just about anyone can practice it, regardless of age or fitness level. This means that virtually anyone can reap the benefits of practicing yoga to improve overall well-being. An article on YogaToday provides some tips on how even a slew of simple breathing techniques can aid you in getting to sleep easier.

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From Yoga at Home (Rizzoli) by Linda Sparrowe

How are you sleeping these days?

Ever tried yoga for trouble with insomnia or sleeping?

Yoga pose at home

From Yoga at Home (Rizzoli) by Linda Sparrowe

Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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