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Improving Sleep With The Art Of Yoga

Colette Barry, Contributing Writer
Waking Times

Did you know studies suggest that a lack of sleep puts you at an increased risk of suffering from Obesity and Type-2 diabetes? Feeling alarmed at the mention of these two depressing illnesses? The more sleepless nights you spent tossing in bed the easier it becomes for the ageing cycle to set its toll on you. It is time to put an end to the health-deteriorating irregular sleeping pattern and fall asleep peacefully. The question is how? Lullaby worked wonders when you were a little angel but now your body demands serious effort. Yoga is your answer to the desperate sleepless nights prayers!

How is irregular sleeping pattern damaging to your health?

A lack of good nap disrupts all the physiologic organs in our body. With the advent of the Internet, people worldwide prefer giving up on their sleep just to enjoy a few more hours of online socialising. That is a big no! The repercussions of irregular sleeping pattern are immense in the long run so instill healthy habits in your lifestyle starting today. Some of the negative outcomes of sleep deprivation are as follows:

  1. Fatigue and tiredness
  2. Mood swings
  3. Tendency to feel depressed
  4. Anxiety or panic attacks
  5. Migraines

Researchers from the German Universities Tubingen and Lubeck and Uppsala University in Sweden shed light on some interesting findings. People suffering from sleep deprivation have increased level of ghrelin, a hunger hormone, in their bodies. When you are caught in irregular sleeping pattern your body is unable to get its share of rest resulting in lack of energy. To make up for this it triggers hunger hormones to feel energised once again.


Yoga to the sleep rescue

Suffering from insomnia or irregular sleeping pattern can result from a number of reasons. Whether it is stress-related or health linked, yoga serves as the perfect remedy to bring back days of peaceful sleep. Yoga exercises harness the natural energy through a complete workout of your whole body. This aligns the connection of the body and soul resulting in long and calm sleep. The American Society of Clinical Oncology has found that yoga infuses a sense of inner peace and tranquillity in the body and mind that will make you sleep like a baby.

So the next time you find yourself counting sheep all night then indulge in the truly spiritual and calming experience of yoga. It is a natural liberating exercise that will enhance the composure and flow of your body’s energy. Yoga and sleep, hand in hand, weave a trail to a healthy body and a serene state of mind.

About the Author

Author and Illustrator of Wall Yoga the Art of Centering, Colette Barry is a licensed massage therapist, certified yoga and Pilates instructor. Through Colette’s lifelong work in rehabilitation with her husband and her father, physicians of Chiropractic, she developed two programs “Wall Yoga” and the “Barry Method”. Colette’s programs goes far beyond muscle isolation creating a technique that includes using visual cues to connect the mind and body. These programs results in a harmonious muscle and overall body alignment. Claiming, “perfect alignment produces perfect results!”

Join Colette’s online training programs at Udemy, “The Complete Wall Yoga Strength Program”, “Introduction to Wall Yoga”, “The Whole Body Wall Yoga Makeover” and “Barry Method”. These programs are available to anyone who would like to experience a profound new level of healing. Please visit Colette’s excellent blog at YogaTrends.org.

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  • dimitri

    Doing yoga in the late afternoon/evening can overstimulate and leave you bright and alert as if it was sunrise. Beware.

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