22 Aug Sleep is Important and Yoga Can Help
I have been thinking about sleep a lot lately because I haven’t been getting enough of it. Sleep is essential for ALL human beings. When you sleep your brain recharges, your cells repair themselves, and your body releases important hormones. Sleep can be a wonderful gift when you are getting enough, but when you have trouble sleeping it can hold you hostage. Sleep deprivation is a serious problem – here is a list of 10 reasons why from an article published by WebMD:
1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents
2. Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down
3. Sleep Deprivation Can Lead to Serious Health Problems
4. Lack of Sleep Kills Sex Drive
5. Sleepiness is Depressing
6. Lack of Sleep Ages Your Skin
7. Sleepiness Makes You Forgetful
8. Losing Sleep Can Make You Gain Weight
9. Lack of Sleep May Increase Risk of Death
10. Sleep Loss Impairs Judgement, Especially About Sleep
The article is quite illuminating. I would highly recommend reading it. Here’s the link to the full article:
Another thing that can help with sleep is YOGA. So, I have put together a short Bed-time yoga sequence. Even a few yoga poses can get your body relaxed and prepped for good sleep. It should take no more than 5-10 minutes and should be done right before you turn in for the night.
Before getting into bed stretch the fronts of your thighs and shoulders.
Then get into bed for a reclined pose supported by pillows. To get into this pose place one pillow flat at the top of your bed, then place another pillow upright against the wall or headboard. Kneel in front of the pillows on your mattress and then sit back on your heels. Lay your torso back over the pillows and adjust the pillows so they are supporting your back, neck and head. Either place a small pillow behind your head or roll down the top of the pillow that is vertical so you have extra support for your head. Hold here for a few breaths. (Note: if it is too much stretch through the fronts of your thighs with your legs in this position, you can fully extend your legs out on the mattress — this should be relaxing.)
Lay down flat for a series of hip stretches.
Lay for a few breaths with the soles of your feet together and your knees wide.
Roll to your side and sleep away!