Do you sleep well at night? If you do, you are one of the lucky few. An average of 93% of Indians are sleep deprived of which only 2% are ready to discuss it. Studies suggest that around 1 in 3 people suffer from at least mild insomnia. Insomniacs report difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, being unable to sleep for long durations and waking up feeling tired and unrested. Foreseeably, the biggest cause for Insomnia is the world’s deadliest killer – Stress.
Sleeplessness is addressed from various standpoints. It can be associated with many diseases and illnesses. What many fail to understand is that insomnia is not a part of the issue but a mere side-effect, caused by the stress of ill health. Sleeping medications address the effects of stress, altering brain chemistry allowing you to sleep, but the gap between the stressor and the solution is not effectively addressed.
The emphasis upon this is stronger because people from this generation are increasingly dependent on sleeping medication (each with its own, long-term side effects), failing to recognize the perfect alternative which helps them drift to blissful sleep – Yoga.
Yoga has shown to remarkably reduce Cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Literally, driving your stress away. Lowered levels of cortisol means, you are able to relax and get those precious hours of shut-eye.
- Yoga practice regulates routine. This automatically regulates sleeping times, patterns and any other habits which are detrimental to the sleep flow. A consistent person, who sticks to his lifestyle routine, in turn, is a happy sleeper, as his biological clock works on time.
- Restorative poses, relax the body and stretch the muscles, replenishing the organs and providing the brain with lots of oxygen. Sleep provides you with these exact same benefits. What can we say, its a master trickery of the Brain.
- Yoga, helps you balance your day and night, allowing the ‘fight or flight’ response which is enhanced by the day’s activity to rest at night. Ending that tiring day with a satisfying sleep is always a need.
- Yoga helps you put things into perspective, the matter which was causing you stress, seems trivial and even freeing compared to this magnanimous existence, increasing feelings of gratitude and satisfaction. A happy man sleeps a blissful sleep.
Yoga is the most effective ‘alternative medicine’ prescribed throughout the world. The better sleep bandwagon arrived centuries ago in the form of this practice. Read to know how these asanas will help you sleep better!