Do any of the following scenarios feel familiar?
Your sleep has been disturbed for some reason, and no matter how hard you try, you just can’t fall asleep again
You are ready to fall asleep with exhaustion, but you just can’t fall asleep
If yes, then you are most likely suffering from insomnia.
Sleep deprivation, or insomnia is a common problem that can negatively affect your mood, energy and efficiency. While the triggers of insomnia are many, stress, anxiety and depression are the major culprits in sleep deprivation.
In fact, stress and insomnia can wreak havoc in your life in a vicious cycle. Stress does not allow you a good night’s rest when you need it, and this only adds to your stress levels, which causes you to succumb to insomnia further still. And according to a recent survey, sleep deprivation is one of the chief causes of stress among U.S. adults.
How can yoga help to treat insomnia?
Yoga can help lower stress levels, calm your mind and release tension from the body. This relaxes the body enough so that you get a restful sleep. So, if you are a troubled sleeper, or simply need some help to relax your mind and body before bedtime, these simple yoga poses can work wonders.
So let us move on to the…
Yoga Poses Which Can Help Treat Insomnia
- Hastapadasana (Forward bend)
This helps to stretch the back muscles, promotes suppleness of the spine and rejuvenates the nervous system by increasing blood supply.
- Shishuasana (Child pose)
An extremely relaxing stretch for the back, Shishuasana also soothes your nerves so that you can sleep peacefully.
- BaddhaKonasana (butterfly pose)
This pose helps to remove fatigue. It is also relaxes and helps to stretch your knees, inner thighs and groin to release tension and helps you to sleep.
- Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
This is somewhat similar to the forward bend. However, instead of standing, it is done while you are sitting. This helps to stretch the shoulders, hamstrings and spine. Also, it is especially effective in relieving insomnia and anxiety.
- Supta Matsyaendrasana (Supine spinal twist)
To practise this pose, you need to twist the upper body while lying down. This pose helps to relax your spine and can also help with insomnia.
- Halasana (Plow Pose)
This is a more advanced yoga pose, which helps to stretch the spine and shoulder. Halasana can also help to beat anxiety and stress.
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand)
It is another advanced yoga position that improves digestion. Also, it helps to reduce fatigue and promote relaxation, so that you can sleep in peace.
So, it’s time to say goodbye to sleepless nights, and to say a warm HELLO to deep, peaceful sleep. All thanks to yoga to cure sleepless nights as you can see from Nirogi Tan. Take care.