Inhale, Exhale… Inhale, Exhale… Inhale, Exhale…
Did you ever stop to think what yoga stands for? The word ‘YOGA’ comes from the word ‘yuj’, which means to join together or to harness.
The intuitive thought is to join body and soul, but if you stop and think about it, can it mean something else? What are the deeper, less obvious links? Sleeprate invites you to harness yoga for better sleep, and harness sleep for better life.
The Commonly-Known Benefits of Yoga
We all know the benefits of yoga. Whether it’s reducing stress, muscle tone or just plain relaxation – yoga offers an almost unbeatable solution for both body and mind. Research suggests, in fact, that practicing yoga offers a wide variety of health benefits – such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure, and even relieving anxiety and depression. On a physical level, yoga improves your flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. And on a psychological level, yoga helps cultivate a better and healthier mindset by shifting your awareness to the thoughts and emotions that accompany a given pose or exercise.
According to Dr. Natalie Nevins, a board-certified osteopathic family physician and certified Kundalini Yoga instructor in Hollywood, California, “the relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome, and can also lower blood pressure and reduce insomnia.” Other benefits include better cardio and circulatory health, a more balanced metabolism, improved energy, respiration and vitality, and improved athletic performance.
Yoga and Sleep Make for a Perfect Match
All of the above is fairly common knowledge. But did you know that practicing yoga can also lead to better sleep? For example, when people who have insomnia perform yoga on a daily basis, they sleep longer, fall asleep faster, and return to sleep more quickly if they wake up in the middle of the night. Cancer patients, who often experience insomnia symptoms while receiving treatment, sleep better if they do yoga, and pregnant women who start practicing yoga in their second trimester sleep better and wake up less often throughout the night.
A recent survey additionally found that over 55% of people who practiced yoga were able to get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped them reduce stress…showing that restorative yoga truly does help relieve stress and tension at the end of a day, leading to better and more restful sleep at night.
Dr. Anda Baharav, the CEO and Founder of Sleeprate, also discovered in her recent research that yoga improves sleep quality and quality of life for older adults, for whom undiagnosed and untreated insomnia can cause impaired daily function and reduced quality of life, as well as accidents and falls. Dr. Baharav’s research concluded that study participants who practiced yoga had – among other things – better overall sleep quality, sleep efficiency and general well-being than those who did not.
Yoga has been shown to lower cortisol levels (i.e. ‘the stress hormone’) in your brain as well, helping reduce anxiety. Those that can’t sleep often suffer from ‘hyperarousal’, a response prompted when something that happened to you earlier in the day (like trying to meet a work deadline or fighting with a partner) is still elevated. When this happens, you could feel completely exhausted, but your nervous system could still be wide awake. Yoga helps you quickly come back to a more relaxed stage, letting you truly wind down physically and mentally before going to sleep.
International Yoga Day
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, the world celebrates International Yoga Day. The day, which coincides with the summer solstice, was declared by the UN General Assembly as an International Day for Yoga. Traditions surrounding the day have continued to grow around the world, with over 170 countries now showing their support for this day.
As we approach this day, those who practice yoga are reminded of how yoga can help maintain their health and well-being, improve physical fitness, relieve stress, and enhance their overall quality of life.
Sleep is at the forefront of this – a factor that research shows is continually growing insignificance when it comes to yoga and better health.
Connecting Yoga to Sleep
We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. Sleep affects almost every aspect of our lives. It recharges our body and mind, and helps boost energy levels, solve problems, and become more productive at work and in any other aspect of our day-to-day lives.
What we do before sleep and throughout the day is of utmost importance. We all feel better after a good night’s rest, and yoga and sleep together can help us get there. Practicing a yoga routine with long, slow breathing and meditation gives us the opportunity for a good night’s rest that can also enhance the positive feelings and states of being that we cultivate through yoga practice. This combination of mental and physical well-being and getting a good night’s sleep are a natural fit together.
At Sleeprate, we use the power of advanced sleep monitoring and assessment with the latest modern technologies, to create the most reliable, effective, and user-friendly solution available today. Sleeprate’s core technology utilizes behavioral sleep medicine practices developed and implemented at Stanford University’s Behavioral Sleep Division. Our unique sleep evaluation solution for better sleep-life balance was developed and customized as a step-by-step program to improve mental and physical performance, so that people can be more productive and effective throughout the day.
Sleeprate’s comprehensive all-in-one solution helps people achieve a better sleep-life balance and improve mental and physical performance – giving them the opportunity to be more productive and lead a healthier lifestyle. Sleeprate provides world-class technologies that offer people anywhere and everywhere the most effective, reliable and user-friendly sleep analysis, monitoring and assessment out there today – all in a single solution.
We invite you to sit back, stretch, inhale, exhale….and go to sleep.
To learn more about Sleeprate and how we’ve helped provide the most innovative and sophisticated sleep treatment solution in the market today, visit us at www.sleeprate.com.