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Can yoga really help you sleep?

Can yoga really help you sleep?

Are you trying to manage work, play and family commitments and struggling to juggle your hectic life? Maintaining that healthy work/life balance can be a challenge leaving you drained and exhausted at the end of the day. Yet when the lights go out you can be found in bed tossing and turning, your mind churning and unable to sleep. Read on - yoga may be the solution you have been seeking.


Harvard Medical School research shows that a regular yoga routine is an effective tool for improving sleep. Studies show insomnia sufferers reported improved sleep quality and an extended sleep period after introducing a series of yoga postures to their daily life. Results indicated participants were able to fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep longer. Similar positive results have been reported by post-menopausal women, cancer patients and female sufferers of osteoarthritis who added a regular yoga workout to their schedule.


Yoga works its magic on your body in several ways. By working to lower cortisol (the body's stress hormone) levels in the brain, a regular yoga practice reduces tension and anxiety levels. A stressful day may evoke the body's fight or flight response, this state of hyperarousal causing mad thoughts to dash through your mind at 3 am, disrupting your sleep. Mindfulness, a part of many yoga practices, helps to slow the central nervous system, inducing a sense of calm and soothing the mind, all conducive to restful sleep.


Sleep experts advocate the benefits of a bed time routine. Yoga is easy to incorporate into your existing bed time routine or is a great place to start if you don't already have one. With a myriad of yoga disciplines available, jump into your pjs and head to . With 25 road tested yoga routines to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one to unwind with.