How to improve your sleep with minor changes to your lifestyle on a daily basis.
Yoga offers health benefits for nearly every part of your body and lifestyle, but it can also help improve sleep. Yoga calms the mind and body, helping you unwind after work or school and sleep better through the night, which has been shown to reduce stress levels, improve cardiovascular health and even boost your mood in the morning. While there are many poses that have been shown to have specific benefits, today’s article will focus on one in particular: Locust pose. Here’s how to do locust pose as part of your bedtime yoga routine to promote restful sleep.
Start moving more
Lack of sleep can lead to health issues including weight gain, reduced immunity, and decreased productivity. One way you can improve your sleep is by starting a regular exercise program. Studies have shown that those who are physically active for at least 30 minutes per day are more likely to get a better night’s rest. Yoga is a great option if you’re new to exercise because it doesn’t require any equipment, and it’s also low-impact so there’s less chance of injury.
Wake up early
It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning and start the day if you’re not getting enough sleep. But when it comes to finding a way to improve your sleep, there are many different options and waking up early – and at the same time every day – can help set your body to the right program.
Make time to relax
You may be spending way too much time on screens or thinking about work. You might also be someone who doesn’t manage stress well. This can leave you feeling tired and exhausted at the end of the day when all you want to do is relax in front of the TV or have some downtime with friends and family.
The key is to start creating a habit that will help you unwind and de-stress every day before bed.
Minimize screen time
A lot of people find that it is hard to get a good night’s rest if they have the TV on or their phone nearby. The blue light from these devices can have an impact on your circadian rhythm and make it difficult for you to fall asleep.
To combat this, try shutting off these devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime so that you are able to relax and unwind before going to sleep. Consider investing in blackout curtains, getting a book light, or doing some deep breathing exercises instead.
Eat well and often
To keep your energy levels up, you need to eat healthy and often. The best way to do this is by eating lots of fresh produce, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. You should also eat enough food so that you are not feeling hungry or starving which can put strain on your body. You should also drink plenty of water and eat fruit for snacks in between meals.
Grateful people report feeling more hopeful and optimistic, having better relationships, a more positive outlook on life, and an overall sense of well-being. So it might be worth considering adding some gratitude to your daily routine. At the end of each day take a moment for reflection and write down one thing you are grateful for about that day. It doesn’t matter if it’s big or small—what matters is that you’re recognizing the good in your life. And as you continue this practice over time, you’ll see how much easier it becomes to find things to be grateful for.