7 Best Yoga Poses To Combat Insomnia

It is estimated that currently, over 60 million citizens of the United States suffer from chronic insomnia. This is a very common sleep problem linked to a chronic lack of sleep, inability to fall asleep at night, frequent waking up and prolonged periods of sleep deprivation. forward bendThere is a great deal of various techniques and various sorts of treatment to insomnia, which include using special stress management and relaxation techniques, medications and herbal remedies, aromatherapy and other alternative treatments, undergoing special therapeutic programs and so on. Though such practice as yoga is usually not valued too high as an effective treatment for insomnia, there are theories and even books written on the effectiveness of this ancient therapeutic approach.

There are 7 most effective yoga poses that can give any of us a proper end-of-day relaxation and stress relieve. Check out these simple stretching exercises which can work great as an interesting alternative treatment for insomnia.

Asana 1: Forward Bent. This is one of the most common and basic poses which is widely practiced and included to most of individual yoga programs. Known also as Uttanasana, this forward bent pose involves hard bending over and trying to make your forehead go far to touch your keen. Though it obviously can be quite hard to achieve to many people, Forward Bent pose is a very relaxing one for the muscles of our legs, shoulders and our back.

Wide Legged Forwad BendAsana 2: Wide Legged Forward Bent. This is another very common yoga pose known also as Prasarita Padottanasana. It is very similar to the previous one, and the only difference is doing the same movement when your legs are spread several feet apart. It is enough to remain in this pose just for 20-30 seconds in order to bring a great relief to your spine and your brain. Also, Wide Legged Forward Bent is supposed to be one of the best and the most effective yoga poses for back leg and back muscle stretching.

Asana 3: Child’s Pose. This is one of the best yoga poses to rest and relax, and the main advantage of this Child's Posepose is that it can be used by everyone, even those who are just the beginners in yoga. Known as Balasana, this pose involves kneeling on the floor and placing the buttocks on your heels, then separating the knees as wide as the hips. It is possible to leave your arms rest on the sides, or stretch them out in front of the body. Child’s Pose is recommended as a great technique to relieve anxiety, stresses and insomnia.

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Some Alternative Treatment For Insomina

Treatment For InsomniaMany of us spend hours and lots of efforts looking for a special effective treatment for insomnia. We tried everything: lowering caffeine consumption, getting rid of bad habits, avoiding stresses and worries, drinking melissa tea, going to sleep at the same time every night, changing the color of our bedroom and many other recommended tips that were promised to work out well. But still it was too hard to combat this serious problem, and we go on tossing and turning in our beds for hours and then feeling tired and restless all day long.

A new idea (which is actually not a new thing, but the thing which does not come to our mind, when we are thinking about a possible treatment for insomnia) was offered by the scientists from the University of Pittsburgh, who carried out a series of experiments with the volunteers suffering from regular insomnia. It turned out that opening a bedroom window and letting some fresh air in before the bedtime can substantially improve our sleep quality. In addition, during the experiments it also proved to be effective to place a piece of wet fabric on the forehead. Cooling effects of the wet fabric helped the participants to relax and fall asleep much faster.

It is a known fact that when we sleep, our brain activities slow down. But those who suffer from insomnia demonstrate no slowing down in brain activities. In this context, the scientists are convinced that giving more of fresh air and cooling down the forehead can help to slow down chemical processes in our brain and set it up for sleeping and rest. The experts from Pittsburgh University point on the fact that good amount of oxygen in the air can have very positive effects on our sleep quality and become a new alternative treatment for insomnia. They recommend everyone keeping the bedroom window opened at least for 10-15 minutes every time before going to sleep.