Tossing and turning. Glancing at the clock. Getting up. Going back to bed. It’s a routine that millions of people experience every day which can lead to a variety of health problems like chronic fatigue, susceptible immune systems and worse.
Insomnia is one of the great incurable scourges, as people are pressured into constantly on-the-go schedules while neglecting the time to eat, exercise, and sleep healthily. But with a few lifestyle changes, you can turn around the impact insomnia is having on your life and learn to cope with it.
Simple Tips To Help You Get To Sleep
Small changes can help. One of them is learning how to adapt to a diet which is healthy and which doesn’t interfere with a sleep schedule.
Eating late at night and consuming alcohol before bedtime might provide a deep sleep at first, but cause the body to reawaken once the metabolism is has finished working through the nutrients and produced more energy. Better alternatives before bed are warm drinks like chamomile, decaffeinated tea, a hot bath or shower, and reading a book.
Avoid using smartphones, computers, and watching the TV just before sleep time – these will stimulate the brain and kick start it into awareness once again. In fact, it’s better to keep these out of the bedroom entirely. As well as having a comfortable mattress and shutout blinds, establishing the bedroom as a relax-only room can help achieve the right mindset for sleeping.
Unwind with music and, whatever you do – turn the clock away so it doesn’t give you further anguish when trying to get some shut-eye; even consider breathing and/or meditation techniques to help you drift off to dreamland.
6 Basic Yoga Poses That Will Put You To Sleep
Tiring the body out efficiently well before bedtime is a great way to encourage regular sleep. By exercising each day, even for a short time, your brain will release endorphins, get some vitamin D, improve digestion and give you the “good” tired kind of feeling.
The following videos demonstrate yoga poses which are effective at slowing down your heart rate, calming your mind, relieving tension of the day and helping you drift off to sleep calm like a baby. When you wake up you will feel more rested than ever!
1. Upavistha Konasana
3. Viparita Karani
4. Supta Baddha Konasana
5. Jathara Parivartanasana
Give them a try and let us know how they work for you.
It’s not easy to take sleep for granted, but it’s one of the most important investments we can make in order to lead a long and healthy, happy life.