How Yoga Can Help You Sleep Better

How Yoga Can Help You Sleep Better

Trouble sleeping? You’re not alone

Sleep disorders are common and surprisingly complex. They aren’t just about not being able to fall asleep or waking up in the middle of the night. Sleep issues can range from difficulty falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, waking up too early in the morning, and/or experiencing unrefreshing sleep. Many people try to cure their insomnia with sleeping pills, pills and more pills. But what if you could get the same results by simply performing a few bedtime yoga poses?

Yoga for better sleep

Toning down your body through yoga can help you relax and prepare yourself for a peaceful slumber. The following are some tips on how to get started with bedtime yoga for better sleep:

  • Set the mood for relaxation

It is important that you pick a room that is free from any noise and one where you can be free from disturbances too. You can put on soft music, light some candles and use aromatherapy to make the room feel comfortable enough for you to go to sleep peacefully.

  • Do at least 10 minutes of yoga to relax your body

The more relaxed your body, the better you will be able to sleep. So make sure that you spend at least 10 to 15 minutes doing yoga before going to bed. 

Yoga poses

There are many yoga poses that can be used for relaxation before bedtime, however here are two of my favorites:

  1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose stimulates the thyroid gland and is great for relaxing the body and mind. Start by kneeling on the floor with your knees hip-width apart. Bring your big toes together and sit back on your heels. Keep your head down and arms out to the sides at shoulder level. Enjoy this pose for a few minutes.

2. Sphinx Pose.

This pose stretches out the front body muscles that tighten up throughout the day from sitting at a desk or computer. It’s a great way to relax tension in the shoulders and chest area before bedtime as well as improve circulation throughout your body. Start by lying on stomach with arms by your side, palms down. Lift chest while keeping elbows in place (don’t let them slide forward). Straighten arms if possible but don’t force it




Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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