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How To Beat Insomnia With Yoga

By July 25, 2018 3 Comments

Last time, we talked about the benefits and practice of Bikram (hot) yoga!🔥

Today, we are going to talk about how the practice of yoga can help you beat insomnia once and for all!

As we all know, sleep 😴 is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.

A good night’s sleep can help you feel energized, think clearly, and work more effectively.

But, the simple fact of the matter is that for some of us, sleep is not always so easy to come by.

If you sometimes have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, you’re not alone.

According to a recent study more than one-third of all Americans suffer from occasional or chronic insomnia.

Why So Many People Have Insomnia

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People are often surprised to learn that daytime drowsiness is not an inevitable, harmless, by-product of a busy lifestyle.

Instead, it is a symptom of an underlying sleep problem that could have been caused by a medical condition like chronic pain or stress.

These are insomnia symptoms.

Some outside factors could play a role in this too like drinking tea(caffeine),🍵 coffee,☕️ or alcohol.🍺🍷

Chronic or long-term insomnia is also associated with depression and anxiety.

Recent studies show that nearly a quarter of the population regularly cannot go to or remain asleep.

Every year doctors write more than 16 million prescriptions for sleeping pills alone and many people take NyQuil and Benedryl to help them sleep too.

Many of these medications have terrible side effects like sleep driving.

Others can also cause allergic reactions or dependency.

To learn more about the different kinds of sleeping pills out there that many people are using to get to sleep click HERE.

As you can see, not sleeping is a real problem and yoga could be that holistic approach to helping you get a good night’s rest. 😴

Side Effects Caused By Insomnia

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For many people getting a good night’s rest seems impossible so the main side effect that they experience is fatigue.

Fatigue leads to the inability to think clearly or focus.

People who suffer from chronic insomnia may also experience depression or be at risk of other mental and physical illnesses.

Sleep allows you to rejuvenate your mind and body as well as heal any damage that your body may have sustained.

Without the proper amount of sleep, your body will not be able to do this.

How Can Yoga Help With This?

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We all know that yoga is a great way to relieve stress, but did you know that it can also alleviate the effects of insomnia?

“But how?” you might ask…

By practicing a regimen of vigorous yoga (power yoga or hot yoga🔥) 3-4 times a week you will be able to train your body to relax.

This will enable you to drift off to sleep easier and faster since you will be tired after that hard workout.

When you practice one of these styles of yoga, try not to perform this kind of workout too close to bed🛏️ because power yoga and hot yoga can also be an energizing kind of workout too.

Power yoga is very stimulating and allows the body to absorb oxygen more efficiently, releases nervous tension, and promotes positive energy.

Because of this, it is best to wait at least 2-3 hours after a vigorous workout before going to bed.

This gives your body time to relax and your blood pressure and heart rate❤️ to return to normal.

While a regular yoga routine will be very beneficial, there are certain poses that are believed to be more effective when it comes to relieving insomnia.

These include the Standing Forward Bend, the Happy Baby, the Cat/Cow (a combination of two poses) and the Corpse Pose.

Breathing is also an essential part of helping to alleviate insomnia symptoms.

So don’t forget to include deep breathing exercises as a part of your yoga routine.

To Wrap Things Up…

The best thing about using yoga to help you get a restful night’s sleep😴 is that you can practice it in the comfort of your own home.

You do not have to leave your house to practice yoga if you don’t want to.

Even if it is for 10 minutes, you will be giving yourself time to relax and ward off any tension you might have been holding on to throughout the day.

So, the next time you’re having trouble sleeping don’t forget to strike a pose before you go to bed.

Next time, we will be talking about yoga poses for busy professionals that are stuck in front of the computer all day.

To another issue of Why Yoga Matters,

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Morgan Green

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P.S.S.- If you want to check out the whole ‘Why Yoga Matters’ series click HERE.

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