Living a healthy and active lifestyle is one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. There are many ways that you can achieve this lifestyle. We at Swell Women focus on yoga and surfing, but as long as you are active and eating well you will make a positive difference to your life. Let’s talk about how sleep is a vital part of healthy living and how yoga can help if you are struggling to maintain a good sleeping habit.
Sleep is like eating and breathing. We all do it and we all know we have to do it in order to survive. Yet do you know how key sleep is to maintain a healthy lifestyle? In Healthline’s ‘10 Reasons Why Good Sleep is Important’ article they claim that people are now sleeping less than they did in the past. The list points out that lack of sleep can affect your immune system, emotions, and put you at risk of type 2 diabetes. On the plus side if you get the right amount of sleep you will be able to complete your tasks easier and perform at higher levels.
If you lead a healthy and active lifestyle, like we at SwellWomen, ensuring that you have enough sleep is critical to your body’s health. For instance, the sleep cycle of athletes is an important part of their training regime and a significant part of their preparation. World Champion gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman is a sleep partner with Leesa and told the company: “sleep is so important to my recovery and ability to train at an elite level.” Raisman emphasizes that it isn’t just elite athletes who need sleep: “a good night’s sleep is important for everyone, no matter what you have planned for the day.”
As you know, yoga plays an important role in our lives. Not only does it help us live a mindful life, it can also help with problems like lack of sleep. For example, there is a type of yoga called nidra that is also known as yogic sleep. Karen Costa writing for Do You Yoga explains that yoga nidra is a combination of yoga and meditation. Costa states that yoga nidra is different to normal sleep: “[as] we hold onto a thread of consciousness while we fall deeper and deeper into the most relaxed possible energy.” By getting the body into a sleepy state, yoga nidra can be used to help promote healthy sleep.
If you looking for regular yoga poses that can aid with sleep then The Art of Living advise yoga stretches such as the forward bend, cat stretch, child pose, butterfly pose, and legs-up-the-wall pose. These stretches can be done right before you head to bed. The site also suggests other useful tips including not eating at least two hours before you sleep and even avoiding horror films before you sleep.
Here it is: good sleeping habit is so important to leading a healthy life. So, if you are struggling to sleep or want to ensure you get a good night’s sleep every night, try turning to yoga.
Sleep won’t be a problem when you’re working hard on the waves, exploring exotic countrysides or flowing on your mat! Find true relaxation and bliss in Maui on Oct 1-7 or our inaugural Swell Goes Snow Retreat in Whistler.