Many people question themselves why am I so tired in the morning even after sleeping for 7-8 hours? It might not be about the position or type of bedding you sleep on, but due to lack of relaxation or feeling of calmness before sleeping. But you can solve your sleep problems with yoga poses. Wondering how? Read on!
Why Aren’t You Feeling Well-Rested
To feel well rested, it is important to rest adequately, but some people may feel tired in the morning even after having an adequate sleep at night due to various reasons, such as:
Watching your favorite movie before going to bed
Yes, having the television on means extra light that will keep your eyes active (despite it closed shut), and the noise will disturb the way you sleep. Staying up watching your favorite television show doesn’t help with your sleeping habits either.
Pressing snooze button to have a small nap more.
Taking too many naps, whether in the morning or afternoon, will affect the way you sleep later on tonight. It ends up with you feeling groggy and tired.
Drinking caffeine in the afternoon.
Just like how caffeine keeps you awake in the morning, too much caffeine or alcohol come late afternoon will affect your energy, having you too pumped up to sleep. Because you won’t be able to sleep faster, you end up not being able to keep your eyes closed come night time, resulting in lack of sleep and lack of energy in the morning.
Not allowing morning light to come in your room.
Sure, alarms can wake you up, but if you are in a comfortable bed and with the light out of sight, you’ll have a more difficult time getting up, resulting in you oversleeping.
Stress before bed.
Whether you have an uncomfortable bed or bring your work (aka phone or laptop) with you before sleeping, the stress you’ll feel will have you either suffer from sleepless nights or not getting the quality and deep sleep you need from waking up due to anxiety.
Whatever be the reason of feeling tired in the morning, you can diminish all your sleep problems with yoga. Yoga solves your sleeping problems simply by soothing your body and mind and boosting relaxation before going to bed. This exercise, though it doesn’t burn many calories, creates a calming effect that allows your body to relax and sleep quickly and deeply, which is what everyone needs to get ready for the morning after.
Some easy yoga exercises are provided here to help you in this regard. What I love about these exercises is that it’s easy to do and takes no time to follow it, taking only up to five minutes of your time. So read on as I show you how to solve your sleep problems with yoga poses!
Yoga practice before bed
According to yoga experts, yoga relaxes your tense body parts by slowing down your breath and staying in a pose for some time. Moreover, stretching your body provides a calming effect to it, helping you sleep quickly and deeply while lessening the risk of experiencing body pain in the morning.
That is why you should practice these exercises regularly before going to bed, holding each pose for two to five minutes without straining or pushing your body. It will work if you listen to your body and practice consistently before going to bed. Through following these moves, you will have an easier time sleeping while waking up energized in the morning.
Head-to-knee pose or Janu Sirsasan:
- To do this yoga pose, you should sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of your and keep your spine straight. For beginners or those who aren’t very flexible (yet), you can bend your knees if necessary to avoid rounding of the spine.
- Now open the hip and bend your right knee, keeping it towards the ground, to bring the sole of the right foot to the inner portion of the left thigh.
- Lengthen the spine and inhale deeply through your nose.
- Bend forward from the hips to your left leg while exhaling through your mouth, keeping your neck and spine extended and hands on both sides of the left leg. Your focus should be on your breath and the big toe of left foot.
- Repeat the same process on the left foot. You have completed one move, let’s move on to the next.
Bound angle pose or Baddha Konasana:
- This asana can be done by sitting on the ground with your spine straight and soles of your feet in front of you. Your hands should hold your ankles or feet.
- Now bring your feet closer to your groin, if you can sit comfortably without rounding your lower back.
- Now lengthen the spine while inhaling
- Then while exhaling bend from the hips forward and relax your muscles while focusing on your breath and keeping your spine straight.
- To do this yoga pose, you will have to lie on your back with knees folded to your chest.
- Now extend your left arm to shoulder level with up-facing palm
- Bring your knees to the right to touch the ground while keeping them high
- You can massage your left leg and hip with your right hand for more comfort and better posture. This will also help lessen any tension or pressure you feel if you are new to yoga.
- You should gaze straight towards the ceiling while doing this pose to assure that your back and neck are straight.
- Repeat the same process on the other side.
I hope that this article on how yoga can help you with sleeping disorders helps with you relaxing your body muscles. It will help you enjoy a sound sleep at night, with you waking up fresh in the morning and with the energy you need for the day ahead. So don’t wait any longer and try doing any of these yoga poses today for a peaceful rest ahead.
If you have questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on doing yoga for better sleep, then comment down below. I would love to hear what you have to think.