If you’re having trouble falling asleep, you’re not alone. Millions of people suffer from insomnia and other sleeping disorders which are leaving them without sleep and energy in the morning. Insomnia is a pretty serious condition which can lead to a variety of problems if left untreated, which is why it needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.
Insomnia can leave you without sleep overnight, which will make you feel tired during the day. This can make you drink several cups of coffee or energy drinks during the day just so you can stay awake. Insomnia has also been linked to depression and anxiety, so it’s best to treat it as soon as possible.
The usual treatment for any sleeping disorder consists of sleeping pills. In some cases, they might even work, but they often do so with negative side-effects. Luckily, there are many simple ways which can help you relieve insomnia. Take yoga for example – the practice has numerous poses that will relax your body and mind and help you fall asleep in a minute.
The yoga poses against insomnia you can see below are simple to perform and are great for beginners. Several scientific studies have shown that yoga has numerous health benefits, so why not take advantage of them? Here are the best yoga poses that can treat insomnia:
The Child pose (Balasana)
The Balasana pose isn’t ideal for people suffering from knee problems, but it’s great for anyone else. Go down on your knees and touch your forehead on the ground with your arms spread in front of you. Go down with your butt until it touches your heels – if it doesn’t, put a folded blanket between. Breathe deeply while in the Balasana pose and hold it long as you’re comfortable in it.
Bound-angle reclining pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)
The so-called butterfly pose is easy to perform – just go down on the ground on your back, bend the knees, connect your soles together and let the knees fall down to the sides. Most people can’t lie flat in this pose, so put something under your knees and back. Relax completely while in the pose and make sure to breathe deep.
Lye on your back on the ground and take hold of your knees, then start rocking your body gently from side to side. This pose will massage your lower back muscles and is one of the best ways to relax after a hard day at work. Keep your shoulders on the ground and breathe deep while in the pose.
Reclining spinal twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
Lie on your back on the floor and prop up your knees, then let them fall to the right side and stabilize your legs by holding your left thigh with the right hand. Stretch the left arm and turn your head to the left as well, then relax your shoulders and breathe deep. Repeat the pose on the other side as well.
Fish pose (Matsyasana)
Lie on the back on the floor and slide your hands under your butt like in the picture above. Now, press your lower arms into the ground and bend your elbows in order to lift the upper part of your body up. Hold your head up as well, but if you’re uncomfortable, let it fall back down to the ground. Take 5-10 deep breaths, then take the hands out from under your butt and relax.