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5 Tips for Better Sleep

Better Sleep

Life would be so much easier if sleep worked like a light switch: flicked on and off at one’s leisure. However, this isn’t the case and falling asleep can be hard for many people. If you are one of the thousands of people who complain about sleep quality, you might want to check out the following tips for sleeping faster and better.

Yoga for sleeping

Yoga can help in so many ways with relaxation and stress reduction which can be especially useful in falling asleep. Some people believe that yoga helps you fall asleep faster and sleep deeper. Try some of the following poses for the best bedtime results:

Corpse pose – Lay down on your back and take several mindful breaths (inhale for 3 seconds and exhale for 3 seconds. This is meant to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit.

Child’s Pose – Sit on your knees and stretch your arms forward over your head. Breathe deeply in and out for 3-5 breaths. Yogis alike agree that this will help with mental and emotional relief.

Knees against a wall: – Lie on your back and have your knees run the length of a wall. This will give your heart a rest from pumping blood to the rest of your body and allow you to fully relax; a crucial thing to do before bedtime.

Keep Dinner Light and Simple

Try not to eat too heavily between 3-4 hours before you plan on going to bed. A heavy dinner is harder to digest which in turn makes it harder to fall asleep. This will also cause indigestion and potentially heart burn, another stressor that will keep you up. You also want to make sure you don’t go to bed too hungry since hunger will keep you awake. Your best bet is to keep dinner simple by eating a light protein such as fish or turkey as well as steamed or sautéed veggies.