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Battling Insomnia? How Yoga Can Help You Sleep
by Shelly Kramer on March 30, 2018
Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably been hearing about the benefits of Yoga for some time now. Whether you have that friend who is constantly trying to drag you to a Yoga class (me!) or maybe you’ve noticed that Yoga is featured in just about every article on fitness that you run across. Bottom line, Yoga is in and it’s awesome. And if you’re one of the many who are battling insomnia, Yoga might just be part of the way you get a good night’s sleep. What about you? Do you struggle with occasional Insomnia and want to know how can Yoga help you sleep? It’s one of the most effective natural insomnia methods out there—and it works. Let’s see why. For info on why sleep is so crucial, read: Go To Bed! Why Sleep Is the Most Important Part of Your Workout Routine
There are many benefits of Yoga. I promise that it’s just something you should trust me on and give a try. And I feel your pain. I spent years thinking Yoga was boring, and not nearly as interesting as all the hard-hitting kinds of workouts I’ve enjoyed for years. Once I put aside my preconceived notions of what I thought Yoga was and could deliver, I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. Today, I practice Yoga as much as humanly possible, and for sure at least three times a week. It’s one of the most difficult workouts I’m ever ever done (and I’m a lifelong fitness devotee and gym rat), and it’s also the most relaxing. When I walk out of a Yoga class and or just do a Yoga session on my own at home, I feel like a completely refreshed person. I do occasionally have difficulty sleeping, so when I’m in a phase where I’m not getting the sleep I should, I make time to do 15 or 20 minutes of Yoga right before bed and it sets the stage for a good night’s sleep. My other secret weapon when it comes to a great night’s sleep, is Do Yoga With Me’s Yoga Nidra, Guided Sleep Meditation, which you can find by clicking //doyogawithme.bandcamp.com/track/yoga-nidra-for-sleep-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here.
Jennifer Piercy’s soothing voice helps me drift off in no time and even my tweens love going to sleep with Yoga Nidra. I also use it if I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t quickly get back to sleep—try it, you’ll love it.
So hopefully you see some ways that Yoga can help you sleep and you’ll be intrigued enough to at least give it a try. I have a feeling that if you do, you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about and why so many people are loving integrating Yoga into their fitness routines and into their overall healthcare routines. As a bonus, you’ll find Yoga is a weight-bearing, bone-strengthening exercise, which is perfect for keeping bones strong and muscles lean and healthy.
For more help using Yoga as a way to get more rest if you have been battling insomnia, read: Sleeping Better at Night with Yoga
More sources that show the benefits of Yoga for people who are battling insomnia:
Cortisol and antidepressant effects of Yoga
8 Yoga Poses That Will Help Ease Chronic Pain
5 Yoga Poses to Balance Your Nervous System