TIPS FOR GOOD RESTORATIVE SLEEP
Good sleep is the foundation of good health and good mood.Have you noticed the difference of when you woke up rested and ready to face the day and when you woke up with a feeling of tiredness and difficulty getting out of bed?
In the former case you have surely followed some good manners.
We want to list some , including how yoga practice can come to our aid.
Certainly the first rule is to avoid 'excessive exposure to light, which can alter sleep and circadian rhythm. Avoiding bright light can help with the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.
The ideal temperature may vary depending on the individual, but the recommended temperature remains between 18 and 19 degrees.
Considering your fixed wake-up time, work backwards and identify a bedtime that allows at least seven to eight hours of sleep.
Choose a wake-up time and stick to it, even on weekends or other days when you would otherwise be tempted to sleep late.
It is much easier to fall asleep if you are quiet. Quiet reading, listening to soothing music and relaxation exercises are examples of ways to get into the right frame of mind for sleep. Try to relax!
Tablets, smartphones and laptops can keep the brain plugged in, making it difficult to rest. The light from these electronic devices can also suppress natural melatonin production. As much as possible, try to unplug for at least an hour before bedtime.
YOGA NIDRA AND ITS BENEFITS
Yoga nidra is an ancient practice that has long offered its participants a myriad of benefits.
Yoga nidra is a kind of very long Savasana (corpse pose). You lie on your back, get comfortable, close your eyes and rest.
However, yoga nidra is a much longer practice, which can sometimes last an hour. One is not left in silence, but guided in the practice by a teacher who directs awareness of the body, breath, senses, emotions and archetypal images.
Yoga nidra works on the autonomic nervous system, which is the system responsible for what the body does automatically, such as maintaining heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature and metabolism.
Yoga nidra thus predisposes us to rest.
This is regardless of whether one actually goes to sleep or not. The purpose of yoga nidra is to put the individual in a state of consciousness intermediate between sleep and wakefulness, in which the body can derive benefits similar to those obtained by sleeping normally.
In addition to invoking these benefits, it is also possible to use yoga nidra as a means of achieving true sleep.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SAVASANA AND YOGA NIDRA
Yoga Nidra is a breath-centered practice that can help you get to sleep. When you practice yoga nidra, you will mimic the posture of Savasana, but do not confuse this practice with a long session of Savasana. With Savasana you allow your body to completely surrender and relax. With yoga nidra, on the other hand, you tune into guided meditation and keep track of your breath.
Yoga nidra can be a calming balm for the anxious mind.
Stress and anxiety are major contributors to lack of sleep. Such a practice can certainly help reduce them, making it easier to get a true rest. So all in all, this ancient practice certainly seems to be able to help you, you just have to try it!
No content in this blog, regardless of date, can be used as a substitute for the advice of a qualified doctor.
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