A good night’s sleep is key to starting your day off right, but more often than not we don’t get the proper amount of sleep our bodies need and deserve. Insomnia may be increasing but today many people are turning to holistic practices like yoga and meditation to aid in sleep instead of over the counter drugs. Making yoga part of your bedtime routine is also a great way to put down your phone and curb your sleep-stalling phone time. Studies show that completing a yoga flow before bed can help clear your mind and relax your body, putting you at total ease and comfort for a deep sleep. Next time you find yourself in a sleepless rut try these poses to help you drift off peacefully.
A common pose for relaxation, child’s pose helps to stretch the muscles in the lower half of your body whilst relaxing the muscles in the front half of your body. It’s also known to reduce stress and fatigue.
The cat-cow pose gently increases the flexibility of the neck, shoulders and spine. The heart and lungs lift forward as you inhale and exhale stretching the muscles in your back, abdomen and chest.
Legs Up the Wall Pose
This pose is great right before bed and eases your mind and body into the idea of sleep. With your head resting on a pillow and legs up against the wall, the blood rushes down toward your heart and creates a soothing feeling that wills deep sleep.
Another common pose, locust lengthens the body and opens up your chest. It aids in stress relief and promotes calmness and proper breathing.
Corpse pose is a great way to end your bedtime flow. Here you’ll lay flat and focus on breathing and relaxing your body. This pose puts you in sleep mode by placing you into a calming parasympathetic nervous system response which is needed for relaxing and resting.