Can Yoga Really Cure Chronic Conditions of Sleeplessness?

Sleep is very important for keeping a healthy mind and body. Lack of good night’s sleep has a massive impact on our everyday life. We cannot think clearly, cannot focus or decide, behave irrationally and have lesser control on our mood swings and behavior. Sleeplessness can be a real pain in the neck if it pertains persistently for more than a week. The condition is at its worst, called chronic sleeplessness, when it continues persistently for over years. Just to get some healthy sleep and a peace of mind, people go over stretches to treat their sleeping disorder.

How is Sleeplessness treated?

The treatment is found in many forms of medicine like allopathic, homeopathic, naturopathic, meditation and yoga or exercise to name a few. The medicines found in allopathic mode of treatment are really quick action and relieve you off the stressful situation in no time but these are habit forming; after a while your body stops responding to a particular dose and you have to increase the intake of the medicine to get the same effect as before. This continues till you reach the maximum allowed limit of the medicine and that is a dangerous threshold to cross. You already are too addicted to the medicine that now your condition will worsen without it. And taking the medicine no longer helps as your body is now immune to the particular dosage of the medicine it was receiving. That is why allopathic medicine as a sleep-aid is highly discouraged.

How does Yoga Help

One of the key reasons why yoga is preferred as a mode of treatment is the fact that yoga relieves stress. Various yoga routines are really helpful in ridding the mind and body off stress while relaxing the entire body functions like breathing, pumping of the heart, relaxing tensed muscles and slowing down the hyperactive brain. Meditation and some of the yoga poses or “asanas” are widely known as to help put the mind and body to rest and drift off to a peaceful sleep.

The corpse pose is really helpful in relaxing your breathing pattern. Lie down on the floor facing the sky or the ceiling. Slowly open your arms and legs till they are comfortably apart from each other and your muscles are not stretching. Take in deep breaths and concentrate on the tensed part of your body. Slowly release your body from this position. Another breathing control exercise is the three-part-breath; known to be very affective in overcoming any stressful mental situation.

Source by Sana Asim Khan

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