[tps_header]“I’ll just hit the snooze button one more time! I have to get up when?”
You’re probably familiar with this common narrative. I know how it feels. I’ve been there. Insomnia, sleep apnea and another night of lost sleep brings forth another day of lost focus. A vicious cycle of stress that leads to another restless night, over time, could lead to more serious disorders. Sleep deprivation is a major cause of stress in active and healthy adults today.
That’s where yoga comes in. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found stress levels to be significantly reduced with a 30-minute yoga stretch before you slip under the sheets. Here are 7 easy poses that will help you win back hours of sleep to awaken refreshed and ready for a bright new day![/tps_header]
Effects: Gentle hip opener.
Rest the legs as the spine sits upright. Shoulders draw back to allow the lungs to expand as you draw in a breath. Breathe fully for 5 seconds through the nose with a slight pause at the top. As you exhale through the mouth for a 5 second surrender, gently contract the abdominals to expel any stress. Keep the breath steady for 20 peaceful exhalations.