Having sleep problems or suffering from insomnia can seriously affect our quality of life. When we don't get enough sleep, our hormones are out of wack and we aren't productive throughout the day.
So we grab to coffee and sugar to get us trough the day, only to be so high on sugar and caffeine at night, that we lay there tossing and turning, inable to fall asleep.
Lots of us think we need to exhaust ourselves psychically throughout the day to be able to sleep at night. But what if it is the chatter in your mind keeping you up at night?
The big benefit yoga has on every other sport, is that is doesn't just create physical benefits, but also mental. Practicing yoga decreases the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body and releases tension in body and mind.
Practicing yoga requires such great effort and focus that it takes your mind off anything else. It is impossible to think about your household chores or your fight with you spouse during your practice. The combination of Pranayama (long and slow breathing through the belly) and Asana's (poses), help you unwind, preparing you for a deeper and longer sleep.
When you wake up in the morning, your body feels rested and doesn"t crave that bagel and giant latte anymore.
When we sleep better, it affects every area in our lives. We are in a better mood so our relationships flourish, we can think clearly and make healthier food choices, we have enough energy to work out and so on ....
Another way yoga improves sleep is by eliminating physical pains. Lots of yoga students are stunned that their chronic back or shoulder pain just disappears after a regular practice. Imagine your mind being able to relax completely once that ache has gone away .......
If you have trouble sleeping, take a yoga class during one month and see how you feel. You will fall asleep faster, sleep longer and return quickly to sleep after waking up during the night.
Want more info? Check out this great book talking about Yoga Therapy for sleep recovery and better rest.