A good night’s sleep is important for both physical as well as mental health, but many people today suffer from sleep-related problems. The prevalence of these problems suggests that people are discounting the importance of sleep.
An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States have sleep or wakefulness disorders, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Trouble sleeping can be due to stress, a change in location, a side effect of medication, an illness, pain or other factors. When poor sleep is a regular occurrence, it can take a toll on your mood, energy, productivity, and ability to handle stress.
Popping one sleeping pill after another is not the solution. Your body becomes addicted to such drugs, and you will soon find that you are unable to go to sleep without them.
For a natural approach to ensure sound sleep, yoga is very beneficial. This traditional form of meditation and exercise therapy helps calm you and relax your body, so that you can easily go to sleep in a peaceful state of mind.
It’s a good idea to do these poses on a soft carpet or yoga mat to reduce strain on your body.
Here are some great yoga exercises that can help you sleep better.
1. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This simple yoga exercise helps you focus your thoughts and energies inward, while drowning out sounds and concerns of the outside world. It has a calming effect on the whole body.
This pose stretches and relieves tension in the muscles of the lower back, hips and thighs.