Yoga for sleep, your new favourite self care and wellness habit.
Do you have a hard time falling or staying asleep at night? Do you wake up in the morning still feeling tired?
Yoga can help you fall asleep more quickly, stay asleep through the night, get deeper/better quality sleep, and wake up more rested (say hello to happy, well rested mornings and more energy during the day).
We’ve put together a list of 10 things to know about yoga for sleep and how it can help you get a better night’s rest (including our favourite poses to try).
Sleep tight! You’re about to start a new sleep care routine.
YOGA FOR SLEEP
RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR SLEEP
There are many types and styles of yoga. If you’re interested in yoga for sleep, restorative yoga is perfect. Restorative (yin) yoga is calm and relaxing. Movements and stretches are slow, held for longer, and well supported (typically on the floor).
LEGS UP THE WALL
Some of our favourite poses are perfect for supporting better sleep. Our favourite, legs up the wall, is often recommended as one of the best for relaxation and better rest. Relieve stress by lying on the floor, legs straight up against the wall.
Another calming pose that relieves tension and can improve sleep health is child’s pose. On hands and knees, sit/lean back towards your heels. Stretch arms straight out in front of you, resting your forehead on the floor. Hold the pose and breathe.
Also known as corpse pose, savasana is the ultimate relaxation pose. Release stress by lying on your back (arms and legs slightly out to the side). Resting here, breathe as you release your muscles and relax into the floor.
POSES IN BED
Yoga for sleep can often be done right in your bed, helping you drift off right away. Savasana, child’s pose and others (use your bed pillows for support if needed) are perfect. Other favourites for in bed include reclining twist or bound angle poses (among others).
Yoga is all about breath. This is especially important to remember with yoga for sleep. Promote relaxation, relieve stress and tension, and prepare yourself for sleep by easing yourself into poses and holding them for slow, deep breaths.
YOGA FOR SLEEP ROUTINE
A bedtime routine is known to help you fall asleep. Yoga for sleep can also help you get a better rest by simply being a part of a regular, nightly routine. A bedtime routine signals to your body and mind that it’s now time to wind down and relax.
WEIGHT LOSS & OTHER BENEFITS
Regular yoga and improved sleep have both been associated with weight loss. This is just another benefit of bedtime yoga. Yoga also has many other benefits, including improved mental and emotional health, strength, flexibility and more.
Want to learn more? Check out our posts on sleep and wellness routines.
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IS YOGA FOR SLEEP RIGHT FOR YOU?
Always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise or fitness routine (especially if you deal with any type of chronic pain/condition or prior injuries). If you have any questions or concerns, ask your doctor to see if it’s right for you.
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