6 Yoga Poses For More Restful Sleep
So what do you do if worries about your job, family, or health have you tossing and turning at night?
Research suggests that yoga and other forms of contemplative movement can provide some relief and help you get some quality Zs. A 2010 lit review, conducted at the University of Sao Paulo, states that “self-reported sleep was improved by all mind-body treatments, among them yoga, relaxation, Tai Chi and music.” The lit review, which focused on 12 separate studies, showed that mind-body interventions have been able to improve not only sleep quality but overall sleep duration as well. In some cases, researchers even found that mind-body practices can “reduce the use of hypnotic drugs in those who are dependent on these drugs.”
Yoga is more popular than ever, and you may be able to find a teacher or a studio near you trained in guided relaxation practices and other mindful movement disciplines. But if you’re ready to get started right now, then practice this set of six postures at home for total relaxation and a better night’s rest.
Restorative Dragonfly Variation
Reclining Spinal Twist
Reclining Pigeon Variation
Reclining Hamstring Stretch
The Star Pose
Simple Seated Twist
Model Credit: Julia Turner
Photographer Credit: Ian MacLellan