Who doesn’t love that feeling of waking up refreshed after a really deep sleep? Your mind is clearer, tasks are simpler and your mood is lifted. These refreshing nights can be few and far between with shifting working patterns, family life, partying or too much screen time, so we’re investigating the economy of sleep and the ways in which hot yoga can benefit your sleeping patterns.
A new study indicates that yoga can help to improve sleep among people suffering from chronic insomnia. Researchers at Harvard Medical School investigated how a daily yoga practice might affect sleep for people with insomnia and found broad improvements to measurements of sleep quality and quantity.
A combination of meditation, slow movement and deep breathing are key to drifting off peacefully. And these postures have been said to be super effective in preparing your body for a night of relaxed sleep:
- Legs Up the Wall: Lie on the ground on your back and put the back of your legs up a wall (keep your legs straight), so your body is in an L-shaped pose. Relax into the position, hold it for at least 30 seconds and focus on your breathing.
- Lying Butterfly: Lie on the ground on your back. Press the bottoms of your feet against each other and let your knees fall out to the sides. You can put a pillow under your knees if this feels too strenuous.
- Corpse Pose: Lie on the ground on your back with legs straight, arms by sides, and palms facing up. Breathe slowly, focusing on your inhales and exhales.