In the past few weeks, we’ve gone over some of the best natural ways to sleep easy and through the night. One we haven’t talked about yet is doing yoga or meditation before bed. According to many sources, yoga can be just what the doctor ordered for those nights when sleep just won’t come.
Timothy McCall, author of the yoga book Yoga as Medicine has an entire chapter dedicated to insomnia. Below are some valuable points he mentions on how yoga can help with insomnia.
Bedtime Yoga Practice against Insomnia
Women’s Health goes over some great poses to try before bed at night to relax your body into a slumber. Probably one of the most common and simplest poses they cite is short meditation. In short meditation, you can simply sit in your bed “Indian style” with both legs folded in front of you. Sit up and lean slightly back on your pillows or head board. Close your eyes and rest your hands on your thighs and just breathe here for a few minutes. This doesn’t have to be a serious meditation but just a short while to do nothing but breathe.
My personal favorite yoga pose is the easy forward bend, especially since it can be done while in bed. Keep your seated position and gently bend forward at your hips and let your hands stretch out straight in front of you on the bed. This will feel good in your hips and your whole back. As a bonus, you’ll also gain from the many other benefits of yoga.
After doing yoga, try to ease into bed without stimulating your mind or body. This means avoid turning on lights or the TV, just try to ease into sleep. Make sure you’re sleeping on bedding that’s comfortable and conducive to sleeping. For new bedding, look into botanical mattresses. Their comfort and support are unbeatable. Until next time, sleep easy and peacefully!
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