According to the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, about 25 percent of Americans experience acute insomnia each year. That's alarming, especially that studies show that the amount and the quality of sleep have a direct effect on your mental and physical health, safety, and quality of life. Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. During that time, your body and mind are undergoing "routine maintenance." Sleep helps your body to recover, heal, and keep the immune system up to date. It also supports healthy mental functions. Lost of one or two hours of sleep several days in the row may have severe effects on our overall health and wellbeing. So what to do when our sleep rhythm gets disrupted? What if we can't fall asleep? What if we become so anxious about not being able to fall asleep that we can't fall asleep? There are many techniques that can help. Some of them more effective than others. Some have lasting effects, and some are just a temporary solution. Some have more side-effects than others. Yoga Therapy offers a big array of tools that can help in reestablishing healthy lasting sleep routine without any side effects for people who have been suffering from insomnia, have problems with falling asleep or wake up not fully rested. We all know that you can't teach a person how to fall asleep, but a good Yoga Therapist will show you how to create perfect conditions for your body and mind so that you can sleep again. That may include tweaking up the ambiance of your bedroom, reviewing of your evening routine, your daily habits, your diet, media intake, etc. Sometimes little details like the time you exercise and the type of exercise you perform may affect the ability to fall asleep. Yoga Therapy has a wide range of tools, like breathing and movement exercises, meditation, and education, to help you. Attached you will find a little sample of Yoga Therapy's take on insomnia, an audio file of iRest Yoga Nidra for Sleep. You are welcome to use it whenever you can't fall asleep, or when you wake up during the night and can't go back to sleep, or even before going to sleep to improve the quality of your rest. Please feel free to share with your friends and family who might benefit.
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