If you believed that having sleepless nights is a sign that you are in love, then we are sorry to say my dear friend, that you have gotten it wrong. Have you ever been under a stressful situation? The first thing you give up under such circumstances is your mental peace followed by your sleep. There are a lot of other reasons that aren’t really mental too. Like unhealthy eating habits, drinking too much alcohol, and maybe even an unfit lifestyle. Insomnia can be so damn annoying sometimes and so can not getting enough sleep (7-9 hours). Well, if you are someone who’s suffering from sleeping disorders then here’s something that’ll genuinely help you – 5 yoga asanas that’ll ensure that you sleep better!
Leg Up The Wall Pose or Viparita karani
This pose improves blood circulation, and lengthens and stretches your entire body. It is also known to drain lymph and lactic acid from your legs decreasing any soreness and fatigue that’s caused when you spend too much time on your feet.How to do it: At a distance from a wall, start by lying on your back in a relaxed way. Let your hands rest on the floor by your body. Raise your legs slowly up to 90 degrees from the floor and push your hands under your lower back. Use the support of your hands to further push your lower body to get into a vertical position. Trunk up further to rest your entire body weight on your shoulders and elbows. Hold the pose for at least 5 breaths, release, rest, and repeat.
Happy Baby Pose or Ananda Balasana
This pose is great for relieving any abdominal discomfort, lower back aches, and perfectly relaxes the spine. It also works on opening your hips, upper thighs and groin while stretching the hamstrings. And yes, this asana also helps in relieving stress and fatigue.How to do it: Lie on your back and bring both your knees to your chest. Hold both your toes with respective hands (preferably the big toes with your index and middle fingers) and push your heels up towards the ceiling lengthening the tailbone and pushing it down towards the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, release, rest, and repeat.
Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana
Though this asana looks very simple and plain, believe us, it has tons of benefits! An intensive stretching pose this asana is known to relieve stress, reduce fatigue, and also calm your nerves. With this asana, any headaches and insomnia can also be effectively dealt with.How to do it: Stand on your mat with you feet together and hands by your side. Stretch and raise your hands upwards. Keep your knees straight and together and bend down to touch the floor (or your toes or ankles if you’re just beginning). Hold for 30 seconds, release, rest, and repeat.
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The Mountain Pose or Tadasana
This pose is called the ‘mother of asanas’, and is the base of all other poses. Not so tough to do, this asana improves your posture, strengthens your knees, thighs, and your abdomen and glutes. Tadasana also relieves sciatica and efficiently reduce flat feet. Since it needs you to be steady and concentrate on your posture, your mind is calmed.How to do it: Stand with your feet together. Let your hands hang freely by your side. Lift your ankles slightly and stretch all your lower body muscles. You need to feel the pull in your shins, things and quads. Stretch your hands towards the ceiling to feel a nice stretch in your arms and shoulders. Tilt your head in a comfortable position and concentrate only on your breathing. Hold for about 30 seconds, release, rest, and repeat.
The Reclining Goddess Pose or Supta Baddha Konasana
This pose relaxes the mind, body, and soul. It gently stretches the pelvis, lower abdomen, and the inner portions of your thighs. This asana also helps in lowering blood pressure, releasing tension from muscles, and ease any stress or neural tension.How to do it: Lie on your back and bring the soles of your feet towards each other while letting your knees down towards the floor. Pull the heels of your feet closer towards your pelvis. Rest your hands by the side or on your abdomen. Hold for 30 seconds, release, rest, and repeat.
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These were the 5 highly recommended asana that’ll help you sleep like a baby. It’s suggested that you do these asanas either during your workout session or at least half an hour to 45 minutes before dinner. Do not practice these asanas just before going to bed. Any workout before going to bed might hamper your ability to sleep. Also, we would strongly advocate meditating for at least 5 minutes just before hitting the sack. Calming the mind helps you sleep better. We hope you change from being a night owl to a morning bird. Until next time, eat right, sleep well, and workout. And don’t forget to enjoy life as it comes. If you found this article interesting then don’t forget to like and share. Keep reading for more amazing articles. Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.