Yoga for better sleep

Updated: Dec 7, 2020

Yoga isn't just beneficial for improving core strength, flexibility, and stress levels.

Practicing yoga before bedtime is a terrific way to release everything you’re holding onto mentally or physically before sinking into a peaceful night of deep sleep.

Yoga may help to put your body in a calm state, known as the relaxation response. This is the opposite of the fight-or-flight response. Incorporating a relaxing yoga practice into your nighttime routine may improve the quality and duration of your sleep. This is especially beneficial for people who sleep lightly, have insomnia , or have limited time to sleep.

A consistent yoga practice is related to weight loss and quality sleep. Doing yoga before bed may help you to sleep better , which has a positive effect on weight maintenance and weight loss. It may also help you to be more mindful of your eating habits.

If you want to work yoga into your bedtime routine, it's important to do the right kind.Some types of yoga can be energizing (like hot yoga and vigorous vinyasa flow), which won't help you relax as well as restorative styles of yoga like hatha and nidra.

Here are poses that are ideal for preparing your body for sleep:

Your body may be more open and flexible in the later hours of the day. Use muscular strength to balance flexibility and avoid pushing yourself beyond your limits. If you have any medical concerns, including injuries, speak to your doctor before starting a new practice.

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