If the side effects of prescription sleeping pills sound a bit scary, or a cup of valerian tea just isn't doing the trick, yoga can be used to treat insomnia. Relaxing the muscles and taking deep breaths can help prepare the body for sleep. Here are a few sleep-inducing poses to help with a restful night's sleep:
Seated Forward Bend: This pose is great for stress reduction and relaxation. Reach the hands to the toes and take a few deep breaths.
Legs-Up-the-Wall: This pose will release any tension in the hamstrings.
Shavasana: While it make be difficult to fall asleep in this position, it's a very relaxing pose that makes for a smooth transition to the fetal position.
Bound Angle Pose: Opening the legs to form a diamond shape helps open the hips and relax the body.
Child's Pose: This pose can help clear the mind and rest the body.
Happy Baby: While grasping the big toes, this pose is great for gently rocking to sleep.
Plow Pose: This stretch for the neck and spine will relax the body and relieve any tension.
Spinal Twist: Stretching the back is so relaxing and makes it easier to fall asleep. Gently twist the neck in the opposite direction to deepen the stretch.
Try these poses before bed every night. It is important to relax the body and mind to get a peaceful sleep. Falling asleep only to wake up only one or two hours can be frustrating, Fortunately these poses can make it easier to fall asleep again.