Off The Mat, Into Bed

We're excited to partner with True Blue Bay Resort on the Heal Your Sleep Wellness Day Retreat Happening this Saturday. Join us at the retreat and give yourself a chance to experience truly restful sleep! 

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We all know that we are meant to sleep at least 6 to 8 hours daily to function efficiently. However, we often prioritize our long to-do lists, or unwinding in front of a screen at night over getting enough sleep. What's more challenging is that when we go to sleep after all this stimulation, we don't get the truly restful sleep we need (and deserve).

When we sleep, our body repairs itself on a cellular level and removes toxins. Sleep impacts our brain function, emotional well-being, immune system, hormone regulation and so much more. Now imagine not giving your body this time to repair and regulate, it (we) will eventually break down.

Research has shown that practicing yoga and mindful meditation regularly can help us fall asleep faster and get better quality of sleep.

“Yoga and meditation can help us handle stress and improve our general sense of well-being. With yoga, we can also release stress and tension that accumulates in our body. An increased sense of self-awareness that can be attained by practicing yoga and meditation can also help us understand how we respond to the cycle of natural rhythms through the day. Aligning ourselves with these rhythms (versus fighting them) can help restore a healthy sleep pattern.” - Valencia Porter, M.D., director of integrative medicine at the Chopra Centre.

Here are 3 ways yoga can help you get some much needed sleep:

  1. Yoga regulates the nervous system: One of the most common reasons why we may find it difficult to fall asleep is because of hyperarousal; meaning that your nervous system is still wide awake despite exhaustion due to something that may have happened during the course of your day, rushing to meet a deadline, having an argument with someone or simply scrolling through your phone right before bed. Poses like Cat Cow (Marjariasana) and Child’s Pose (Balasana) help to improve blood circulation and calm the nervous system so that you can sleep at peace.
  2. Yoga reduces stress: Another one of the major hindrances to truly restful sleep is stress; Stress affects everyone and manifests itself in many different ways. Yoga has been proven to lower cortisol ( the stress hormone) levels in the brain which helps to reduce stress. Mindfulness is also a technique in yoga that has been proven to significantly reduce levels of cortisol. When you notice your mind beginning to wander, gently bringing your attention back to your breath helps and trains the mind to rest which in turn will help you get better quality of sleep.
  3.  Yoga helps you handle uncertainty: There’s a particular nervous energy that can come from feeling uncertain about anything; that personally renders some of us unable to sleep. For those of us that have difficulty quieting our ever busy minds, Corpse Pose (Savasana) is a blissful pose. It helps you to practice the feeling of total surrender and reminds you that you are capable of total surrender, the calm this pose induces is really inexplicable.

 

“Yoga is holistic, it’ll help you mind, body and soul. Sleep is essential to health and happiness; don’t scrimp out on getting the most of it” Parinaz Samimi

Take a peak at this Ted Talk on how deep sleep can help prevent alzheimers!