Chances are, we’ve all been there, done that. I think we can also agree that sleep is essential for a healthy body and mind. In fact, it is just as important as nutrition and exercise. However, for whatever reasons (stress, work, lifestyle, even gender and age), sometimes we just don’t get enough.
Why exactly is it so important to get a good night’s sleep?
- Healthy sleep can assist with weight loss efforts. When you get enough sleep, you will be less likely to binge eat or raid the fridge at night.
- While sleeping, the breathing rate and blood pressure drops. These deep sleep stages are important for physical regeneration. The body releases hormones which support cell restoration and cell growth throughout the body.
- Sleep also supports memory formation and storage, as well as for emotional processing. Studies have shown that it helps us to learn, develop, and memorize new skills. When deprived of sleep for even one night, the ability to memorize new information drops significantly.
But still, we stay up until late during weekdays. We drink sugary drinks and eat fatty food before going to bed. We stare at bright screens. And yet, we still act surprised and confused if we feel worn out, moody, irritable, and tired in the morning. We’re not here to tell you how to live your life because we’re sure you know what is good for you! But if you’re struggling to maintain healthy sleeping habits, yoga might be your answer. Research has shown that you relax and unwind physically and mentally when doing mind-body exercises such as yoga. Lower cortisol levels and reduced blood pressure will help you sleep like a baby.
Try out our favorite adrenal-soothing routine, brought to you by Sheelagh from the Hotbox Yoga studio in Strassen, Luxembourg. It’s super easy and suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Bonus: You can even do it in bed!
By the way, if you get a chance, drop by Sheelagh’s place and join a session of Bikram Yoga, which will take you through a series of 26 Hatha yoga Asanas (postures) and Pranayamas (breathing) exercises. It will leave you feeling energized and cleansed.
To complete your evening’s relaxation routine, prepare some pre-slumber herbal tea or the night cap Restorate for better regeneration and sip it after finishing the yoga routine. Relax, breathe in deeply, and unwind for the night to rise and shine the next morning.