Worryingly, it’s not just a matter of exhaustion. Insomnia sufferers are also at significantly higher risk of major health problems, ranging from depression and anxiety to immune deficiency and heart disease. Additionally, compared with people who sleep well, people with insomnia are more likely to experience low mood, lack concentration and struggle to ‘get things done’ at work or at home, and to suffer from lack of energy. The depressing list goes on, as disrupted sleep is also associated with weight gain and obesity.
If lack of sleep is an issue for you, yoga can help give you the good night’s rest you crave. Through the gentle physical exercise, breathing techniques and complete relaxation yoga encourages, you can promote regular and restful sleep patterns without resorting to medication.
As a starting point, simply lie on your back either with your legs straight and apart, your feet falling to the side or with your knees bent and the soles of your feet flat on the floor. Your arms are at your sides, your hands on the backs, your fingers curled towards the palms of your hands. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing, letting the muscles of your whole body relax.