We spend one-third of our lives in bed and the average person sleeps 8 hours per night. Sleep is important
for good health and wellbeing throughout life. Are you struggling to get your 8 hours in?Then help is at hand! Stress and anxiety can play a huge role in upsetting sleep patterns and making it more difficult to switch off at night time. The same is true for depression. A regular yoga practice can help alleviate both stress and anxiety.It helps lower cortisol levels and release tension, both of which are elevated in people who suffer from anxiety or depression. Yoga also helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you feel relaxed in both mind and body, resulting in a better sleep.So try these simple yoga poses and you could be on your way to a better night’s sleep before you know it!
Balasana – Child's Pose
This pose is known for its restfulness and helps calms the brain, relieving stress and fatigue. It also stretches the hips, thighs and ankles.If you suffer from neck pain or back pain, take care and use a pillow to support you if necessary. If you suffer from high blood pressure or knee pain and injuries, probably best to try another pose altogether!
‘Viparita Karani’ Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose
One of the most powerful poses around and a great source of comfort for many ailments, including insomnia, headaches, anxiety, stress, menstrual cramps and menopause, all of which can affect your sleep.It can also improve circulation, relieve tired or cramped legs and is great for stretching the back of the legs and torso. Just pop a folded blanket or pillow under the neck or along the spine. Take care and possibly avoid this one if you have serious neck injuries.
‘Savasana’ Corpse Pose
The king of the relaxation poses! Savasana helps calm the body, mind and spirit by releasing tension and allowing the body to renew.It can help reduce the stresses of the day, promote inner awareness and relax the entire body from head to toe. As with all types of meditative poses, Savasana can help to decrease blood pressure, metabolic rate and oxygen consumption, while helping to increase focus, concentration and energy levels.If you have any back issues, just keep your knees bent and feet on the floor.
‘Uttanasa’ Standing Forward Bend Pose
This pose has a wonderfully calming effect on the brain, alleviating stress and helping you to relax before bed time. Also known as ‘Uttanasana’, to perform the pose, stand with your feet several inches apart and gently reach down towards your toes. If necessary, you can bend your knees while reaching down to make the pose more comfortable.You should feel a gentle release of tension in your back, legs, and hips.
‘Siddhasana’ Perfect Pose
A perfect pose for meditation to slow your autonomic rhythms. Sit upright, eyes closed in the dark or semi-dark, and allow your breath to slow.There’s no need to lift your spine or hold your shoulders back. Just be calm and relax! When you find yourself slipping off to sleep, just gently roll into bed and let nature take its course!So there you have it. 5 yoga poses guaranteed to have you slipping into a deep sleep. Relax and enjoy!