It’s generally known that over reliance on sleeping pills can have various side effects such as drowsiness, etc. Another concern is that you can develop a particular dependency on the pills – effectively unabling you to sleep without them.
This is where Yoga comes in. Yoga is, among other things, a natural method to promote deep sleep. Practicing Yoga has numerous other benefits as well, in addition to making you more relaxed when you you’re ready to hit the hay.
Some of the many benefits of Yoga are the reduction of muscle tension and the slowing down of your heart rate, both of each directly results in deeper sleep. A recent study published by the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) discovered that participants who embraced specific breathing techniques preached by Yoga substantially improved their ability to fall asleep compared to those who took sleep-inducing drugs.
Yoga is also known to manage stress levels and minimize weight gain. Someone who’s insomnia is caused due to the effects of anxiety, stress, and other worries can definitely benefit from Yoga. The basics of Yoga, which are deep breather, acceptance, and body awareness relax the mind by slowing down our active brainwaves, therefore, achieving restful sleep.
Yoga originated from India which means “union”. We can think of this union as a connecting among the mind, body and spirit. People in India mainly use Yoga as a way to worship their gods, as well as conditioning the body and mind. And that’s exactly the function of Yoga: to connect various parts of the body together is a peaceful union.
Yoga is meant for everyone, regardless of each individual body’s limitations. If you think Yoga poses are not fit for your age, do not worry because it can be modified to match the person’s physical strength and age. Using correct breathing patterns, stretching goes a long way of calming the body and mind thus achieving you to fall asleep fast.
Although Yoga is meant for everyone, it is important to note that if you are new to Yoga, seek guidance of a professional Yoga instructor first. You do not need to take expensive Yoga classes since there are a lot of instructional Yoga DVDs that have quality Yoga instruction that you can do at the comfort of your home. Practice Yoga for an hour to at least 30 minutes before going to bed and skip that sleeping pill.