Yoga for Sleep [video]
You're in the bed, mind is racing a million miles a minute, thinking of work from today, and even tomorrow. Or maybe you're on your phone checking your timeline or emails. Either way, you're having a hard time falling asleep, watching the time go by until finally, what seems like an eternity later, you fall asleep.
In this video, I put together a sequence of 6 easy yoga poses you can do in your bed before sleep. Whether you're a beginner, or advanced, trying this sequence before bed can help slow down your mind and relax you before bed.
The yoga asanas (poses) in this video:
Seated forward bend
Side seated wide angle pose
Legs up the wall
Savasana or corpse pose
Tips for a better sleep
In addition to doing yoga to help you fall asleep, there are a few other things to consider. The ambiance in your room is a big one.
In my video, I have a candle lit, and for good reason. The soft lighting from the candle is very relaxing, and the scent is soft and calming. Adding a candle, or incense during your yoga practice, while you read, or even get ready for bed itself can be a simple and calming way to help you relax before bed. I also have an aromatherapy sleep spray that I keep beside my bed with lavender and chamomile. Lavender helps you sleep better, while chamomile has a lulling effect.
Some people like no sound at all, which is perfectly fine. But some nights pure silence doesn't work for me. Creating a calming bedtime playlist to play softly while you practice, and lay down for sleep. The good thing about having a playlist is that it will eventually turn off, so you don't have to worry about cutting it off on your own. I also really enjoy a good sleepy time sounds app that gives me the option to create my own sounds: rain, traffic, waves from the ocean, crickets, chimes and more. The app I currently use is Relax Melodies.
Hopefully a few of these tips help you get a more restful sleep. Getting ready before bed and falling asleep should be something intentional, and included in our self care practice. Comment below and let me know what things you like to do to get your most relaxing slumber.