Say goodbye to tossing and turning all night! Yoga has many benefits including physical strength and flexibility, reducing stress, improved breathing and mental focus, but did you know yoga also has positive effects on sleep!? Sleep deprivation is one of top major stressors among US adults – sounds like time for a yoga session!
The Correlation Between Yoga and Sleep
Yoga and sleep are both directly associated with the parasympathetic nervous system, aka the part of your body responsible for sleeping at night. During yoga, you are relaxing this nervous system, which will lead to a more restful night of sleep!
Studies have shown that doing yoga sequences before bed can improve your sleep efficiency, the total time you spend asleep and even reducing the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep! By practicing yoga before sleep, or any time really, you are releasing any pent up energy you may have accumulated throughout the day that may prevent you from sleeping!
Great Yoga Poses to Improve Your Sleep
For all you self-proclaimed insomniacs out there, or just the common night owl, there might be a perfect yoga combination to help you sleep! Insomnia usually has two patterns, either its trouble falling asleep or trouble staying awake. If you have trouble falling asleep, you may want to consider a yoga session full of deep relaxation and mediation! If you have trouble staying asleep, consider a yoga session focusing on gentle rhythmic breaths!
Here are some of the best yoga poses to improve your sleep that will ensure a :
- Childs Pose
- Forward Bends – any variation
- Spinal Twists
- Corpse Pose
- Cat-Cow Stretch
Here at Yogis On The Go, we love our sleep! But who doesn’t!? Check out our sessions today and ask for tips on the best poses for your sleep needs! Our yogis can also personalize your yoga sessions to find the perfect yoga sequence to help you sleep peacefully.