Will Yoga Help You Catch Some Zzzs?

My dog Duncan and I, having a snooze in the sun

I am quite possibly the worst bed partner anyone could ever hope to have. I am a painfully light sleeper, am woken by the tiniest of sounds and wake up a million times a night, my mind restless with thoughts (combined with a tiny bladder). It also takes me eons to finally slip into slumber and so I am willing to look into anything that will help me catch a few more precious moments of sleep. So I was excited to see a recent article in my Chatelaine magazine, which commented that women who did yoga twice per week were 30 per cent less likely to have a hard time sleeping. You can read the article here.

The benefits of yoga are endless, and I’ve discussed many of them in previous posts. And in lives that are increasingly hectic and technology oriented, it can be difficult to find a few moments to yourself to wind down, which is key to falling asleep easily and peacefully. And when it comes to getting proper rest, they also say that quiet time, about an hour before bed, can help you easily drift off, without having to count millions of sheep. What better way to wind down and relax than to perform a couple of gentle yoga poses, designed to ease your body and mind alike?

Chatelaine claims that the best pose is Lord of the Fishes, serving as a gentle stretch of the spine. Fitness magazine even provides a series of five moves that readers can use to promote sleep but it doesn’t stop there…the moves can be done while in bed!

So it seems the jury has reached a verdict: Yoga will promote better, longer lasting and deeper sleep, since both your body and your mind will be at peace. Just keep in mind that it will be the gentler poses, not power yoga, that will help you slip into slumber, since other methods can raise your heart rate and endorphins, making you stay away even longer. So practice gentle moves and better yet, follow up with some meditation so that your dreams will be sweet.

Kelly

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