If you’ve been having sleepless nights, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with insomnia, so today I’m sharing some tools that can help. In this episode, I explore some of the causes of insomnia and how the practice of yoga can be the key to achieving that elusive restful sleep. We’ll cover the science behind sleep, essential sleep hygiene practices, the role of stress, and how yoga can offer a path towards a peaceful slumber.
While the occasional restless night is annoying, chronic insomnia takes a toll on our physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Lack of sleep not only leaves us fatigued but also impacts our mood, cognitive performance, and even our overall health.
One of the keys to combating insomnia is practising good sleep hygiene. Today I share a number of helpful tips, including limiting screen time before bed, avoiding late-night dining and creating a dark sleeping environment. I also explain why my Cultivate Calm Yoga studio only provides Yin Yoga classes at night.
Stress often plays a significant role in the development of insomnia. Elevated cortisol levels, the stress hormone, can keep us awake when we should be resting. I share a calming breathwork technique to help combat stress throughout the day and also talk about the importance of dealing with any unprocessed emotions that are at the root of your restless nights.
The wonderful thing about yoga is that it offers a holistic approach to help tackle insomnia. Its mind-body techniques help calm the nervous system and reduce stress, creating the ideal conditions for restorative sleep. Yoga not only releases physical tension but also fosters mindfulness, enabling us to address any underlying emotional or mental causes of insomnia. Throughout this episode, I share some specific yoga poses that you can do in the evenings before bed to help you settle deeper into rest.
If insomnia is a persistent visitor in your life, remember that you are not alone, and there are actionable steps you can take to improve your sleep quality. By combining sleep hygiene practices, yoga, and emotional processing, you can unlock the door to restful sleep. Remember, prioritising your sleep is an investment in your overall well-being, allowing you to wake up each day feeling refreshed and ready to face the world.