January 11, 2013

How Yoga Poses Help You Sleep Better

Sleep is very important not only for beauty, but also for the well-being of an individual. If you are one of the sleep-deprived, you need to learn yoga poses to help you sleep better.

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When you perform yoga poses, the biochemicals in the body are released which aids in restful sleep. Yoga is good for the spirit, mind, and body. With continued practice, you can address the sleep disorders or problems effectively.

Perhaps you’re wondering how yoga poses can aid in sleep. Here are the answers:
  • It helps flush out toxins inside the body.
  • Enhances the blood flow to the brain.
  • Increase the oxygen supply in the body.

Now that you know how yoga poses aid in sleep, it is time to learn some basics so you too can have a good night sleep. You can do the poses whenever you find it hard to sleep at night.

Some of the common poses include Adho Mukha Syanasana, Bala Asana, Viparita Karani, and Shava asana. You don’t have to be an expert in order to do the poses. In fact, you can find a lot of instructions online on how you can do these poses.
Shavasana is very relaxing pose.  ( Image via Flickr)

Meditation and yoga go hand in hand. If you practice the poses earlier in the day, you’ll have better chances of a good night sleep. It is important that you follow a yoga regimen to be able to take advantage of its benefits. There were even studies among insomnia sufferers which proved the efficacy of these poses.
Regardless of your sleep disorder, the right yoga poses can contribute to better sleep. However, you must avoid the strenuous yoga routines just before bedtime because it will only stimulate your nervous system more.

Earlier in the day, you can do the Vigorous Vinyasa and the Sun Salutations. These yoga poses energize the body and raise the internal energy. People who are work obsessed, competitive, and very successful often find it hard to sleep at night. In order to sleep consistently at night, you need to start practicing yoga right away.

The rigorous routines are best suited for daytime practice while the restorative ones are ideal at night. If you want to quiet your mind and sleep better, the poses mentioned earlier are applicable. You can also do the legs up-the-wall, camel pose, cat pose, easy pose, happy baby, and the child pose.

It is not enough that you practice the poses. If you want to sleep soundly, you should also complement the poses with meditation and proper breathing techniques. A great percentage of the US population is deprived of quality sleep and because of this many people are suffering from different kinds of illnesses or diseases. To ensure a healthy and fit body, you need enough sleep on memory foam mattress, the right diet, and exercise.

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Image via Flickr

Sleeping is a natural process. Your body needs to rejuvenate and regenerate. This is only achieved when you are able to sleep soundly at night. What are you waiting for? Learn the different yoga poses today.

Author Bio: Patric Seeley is a fitness expert. He works for MattressNextDay.co.uk and mostly spends time in writing interesting topics related to health and sleep.

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  1. Yoga Teacher2:43 PM

    5 simple poses you can do to help you get a good nights sleep.
    Uttanasana (standing forward bend)
    Adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog)
    Paschimottanasa (seated forward bend)
    Viparita karani (legs up the wall)
    Savasana (corpse pose)

  2. Pranitha2:43 PM

    child's pose, definitely.

  3. YOGA GURU2:47 PM

    Yoga helps you to relax mentally and physically.. through the use of the deep breathing techniques and the simple relaxing poses.. it builds your inner peace and balance. Yoga has many benefits, it's better than any other exercise thanks for it's simplicity and the useful techniques it contains.

  4. That’s so true. I have been doing yoga for 3 years and it helps me a lot in many ways including a better sleep.


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