When it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, quality sleep is one of the best gifts that you can give yourself. Sometimes, however, sleep doesn't come as easily as it should do. Physical and mental tension can make it hard to settle down enough to drift off, and many of us lose hours of rest through stress related insomnia. One excellent way to relax your body after a busy day is to perform a series of yoga poses as part of your nightly routine.
What is Yoga & How Can It Help?The image that most of us will call to mind when we think of yoga is the complex and skilled contortions displayed by the experts but don't worry, we aren't going to suggest that you bend over backwards before bedtime! There are many simple yoga moves and stretches that anyone can do, regardless of their age, gender and fitness level (but please check with your doctor before starting a new workout regime). So why is it that yoga can help you to achieve the goal of better sleep?
- It allows you to consciously relax your body, which in turn sends the message to your brain that it is time to sleep.
- It gives you a space to switch off and have some quiet time before retiring to bed.
- Yoga encourages deep breathing, which also helps to prepare the body for rest and releases tension which has built up during the day.
- Yoga can also help relieve symptoms of a number of chronic conditions which can make sleep difficult, such as asthma and arthritis.
If you'd like to try yoga for yourself, why not watch this interesting video which demonstrates a series of poses that are perfect to do before you go to bed.