Story by: Inspire Yoga, May. 16, 2019
To know the importance of sleep we have to discuss the restorative benefits of sleep. According to the study of Stanford University sleep has 4 stages. Every stage of sleep has different benefits. Let discuss one by one
Often defined by the presence of slow eye movements, this drowsy sleep stage can be easily disrupted causing awakenings or arousals. It’s a stage of light sleeping.
This is a stage in which muscle relaxes, body temperatures drop, heart rate slows and breathing rates slows.
In this stage of sleep, nervous system repairs and recover, new memory and information is processed, energy restored, blood pressure decrease, circulatory system repairs and recovers, blood flow muscles increases and growth hormones release and repair muscles, bones and internal system.
It‘s also known as Rapid Eye Movement sleep, is most commonly known as the dreaming stage. Stage of dream sleep, breathing and heart rate increase, and the brain is very active.
Now you are the person who did not get enough sleep (at least 7–9 hours for an adult) at night and distress from insomnia, in that case, you have to do these 5 yoga poses for better sleep at night.
Learning how to relax is fundamental to our physical and mental well-being. After a stressful day, our bodies and minds may not be able to relax and when lying down to rest or sleep your muscles may continue to carry a certain amount of residual tension which over time can be a constant drain on your energy resources. Corpse pose, or Savasana, helps to train our minds to consciously let go of any strain, mental and physical in order for us to reach a state of deep relaxation.
When lying in bed tossing and turning to find sleep try lying flat on your back and tense up every muscle in your body, hold it for a few seconds and let it go, feel yourself sinking down into your bed and the tension drifting away. Another exercise you can try is to visualize any tension drifting away as you relax each part of your body from your feet up to your head feeling your whole body heavy and your mind completely calm, taking deep breaths in and long, slow exhalations.
If this helps to relax you but not drift you into sleep, try not to feel restless. Instead, get into these 4 poses in bed as they have extremely high restorative properties. Holding each pose for at least 2–3 minutes, closing your eyes and focusing on long, slow exhalations as this helps you to relax. These poses will ensure that your energy is restored and helps to calm your mind and your muscles, so even with a few hours of sleep, you wake up feeling refreshed.
If you are suffering from insomnia, anxiety or stress-induced conditions yoga can be extremely beneficial to relax the body and restore your energy levels, our stretch and restore program will cater to your needs and incorporate deep stretching to relieve tension around your body and deep breathing techniques to help calm your mind.