Yoga is a gentle and restorative way to wind down your day. A national survey found that over 55% of people who did yoga found that it helped them get better sleep. Over 85% said yoga helped reduce stress. You can use supportive props like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to make poses comfortable so that you can stay in the pose for longer and continue to breathe.
- Find out how to use breath and yoga poses for an easy 15-minute relaxing bedtime routine on my latest article for Harvard Health. Legs-up-the-wall Pose, Reclined Bound Angle, and Child’s Pose are useful to wind down.
- Use a body scan for sleep. A body scan meditation gradually brings attention to different part of your body and allows you to feel steadily more grounded and relaxed.
- Listen to Deepak Chopra’s guided meditation for sleep.
- Practice paced rhythmic breathing to the sound of instrumental music or simple chimes.
- Write in your journal 5 things that you feel grateful for at the end of the day and set your intention for the following day.