The inability to fall asleep is fairly common these days, with many people finding that they toss and turn in bed for hours before eventually drifting off and getting a proper sleep.
Insomnia may be caused by stress, medications, health conditions, jet lag, the amount of coffee you drink, mood disorders, other sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and many other factors.
A lack of sleep means you’ll feel more tired the next day, possibly relying on sugar and caffeine to get you through the day, and you may end up gaining weight as a result.
If you suffer from insomnia, try these yoga poses out before you go to bed to relax the mind and body – they are surprisingly effective.
These are simple poses, suitable for almost anyone even if you have never done yoga and aren’t that flexible. You don’t need to stay in them too long if you are a beginner, even just a minute will be enough.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
This one may not be the best idea if you have knee problems, but for everyone else this will relax your nervous system, back, shoulders, belly, and your mind.
If you’re not too flexible, you may need to fold a blanket a few times and tuck it under your bum so that you can really relax into it and let your mind go. Either relax your arms at your sides or stretch them out in front of you. In this pose be sure to breath deeply, and you should set an alarm so that you know when to come out of the pose.
Supta Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Reclining Pose)
Also known as the butterfly pose, this is extremely relaxing. Lying on your back place the soles of your feet together with your legs spread apart, letting your knees gently fall away to the sides.
Gravity will ensure a good stretch, but if you find it uncomfortable and your knees don’t reach the ground, put a stack of books, towels, or a rolled up blanket under each knee. Let your arms relax at your sides with palms facing up. Breathe deeply all the way into your belly