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Increased well-being: Another reason to try yoga - Harvard Health

Yoga And Sleep

Yoga research shows that after two months of regular 30 minutes practice it significantly reduces known causes of poor sleep stress, like anxiety and arousal. Research also shows that the more you practice yoga, the fewer sleep disturbances you are likely to experience and the better your sleep quality. 

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Increased well-being: Another reason to try yoga - Harvard Health

Increased well-being: Another reason to try yoga - Harvard Health

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Yoga And Sleep

Yoga research shows that after two months of regular 30 minutes practice it significantly reduces known causes of poor sleep stress, like anxiety and arousal. Research also shows that the more you practice yoga, the fewer sleep disturbances you are likely to experience and the better your sleep quality. 

Research On Yoga

  • Regular yoga practice seems to correlate with increased wellbeing, including better sleep, better body awareness, weight loss, and greater happiness.
  • It improves mindfulness and boosts compassion, gratitude, and "flow" states, all of which increase happiness.
  • Early evidence suggests that yoga may even slow aging on the cellular level, perhaps through its stress-busting effects.

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Keep in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle
  • Try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day;
  • Avoid sleeping in, even on weekends;
  • Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon;
Melatonin

Is a naturally occurring hormone controlled by light exposure that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle. 

Your brain secretes more melatonin when it’s dark, making you sleepy, and less when it’s light, making you more alert. 

However, many aspects of modern life can alter your body’s production of melatonin and shift your circadian rhythm

Influence exposure to ligh

During the day:

  • Expose yourself to bright sunlight in the morning. 
  • Spend more time outside during daylight. 
  • Let as much natural light into your home or workspace as possible.

At night:

  • Avoid bright screens within 1-2 hours of your bedtime.
  • Say no to late-night television.
  • Don’t read with backlit devices. 
  • When it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark.
  • Keep the lights down if you get up during the night.

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The Science of Sleep

The average adult spends 36 % (or about one-third) of his or her life asleep.

Purpose of Sleep:

  • Restoration
  • Memory Consolidation
  • Metabolic Health
Restoration

The first purpose of sleep is restoration.

Every day, your brain accumulates metabolic waste as it goes about its normal neural activities. Sleeping restores the brains healthy condition by removing these waste products. Accumulation of these waste products has been linked to many brain-related disorders.

Memory Consolidation

The second purpose of sleep is memory consolidation.

Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation, which is responsible for your long term memories. Insufficient or fragmented sleep can hamper your ability to remember facts and feelings/emotions.

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Sleep deprivation
Sleep deprivation

Willpower, memory, judgement, and attention all suffer when you are sleep deprived.

You drop things, crave junk food sugar, overeat, gain weight. You’re more irritable, negative, emotio...

Get through sleep deprivation:
  • Stabilize your blood sugar, by eating hearty food (protein and fat) more often.
  • Reduce refined carbs and increase fats and proteins.
  • B-complex vitamin supplements can give you an immediate boost in alertness and mental clarity.
  • Soak in an Epsom salt bath - might even help you get enough energy to exercise the next day.
  • Drink more water than you usually do to help compensate.
  • Exercise is the single best way to “take out the trash” in your body, and after staying up more hours than you should.