Things that are not for me - zen, meditation, thinking deep thoughts, crystals, anything woo woo. I also hate yoga. I have tried it plenty of times over the years. It is not for me. But about a month ago I started doing it for at least 5 minutes every night before I get into bed, and it has drastically improved my ability to fall asleep. And my sleep has been GOOD.
This all started when someone told me about the lower back pain she had been experiencing and how the pain was radiating down the back of her legs. She is on her feet a lot - way more than me as I sit at a desk most of my work day. Her doctor wanted her to do something simple first - every night before getting into bed, lay on the floor on your back with legs straight out, and take big deep breaths and exhale slowly for five minutes. She talked about how much tension this released throughout her body.
Back in March I started experiencing a bit of insomnia which is rare for me. I was so frustrated. One night before getting into bed I remembered what my friend had told me about laying on the floor. So I laid on the floor and did the deep breathing thing. It felt amazing and relaxing. The next night I got down on the floor, did the deep breaths for a few minutes and then thought some downward facing dog sounded lovely for my back. The following night I did the deep breathing, some downward dog, and then some upward facing dog. I held each pose to the count of 20 and basically did what felt good at the time. Every night I now do a minimum of 5 minutes of yoga poses holding them each for 20 seconds and doing whatever feels good. Some nights I go all the way to 10 minutes. I do this all on the floor next to my bed with just the glow of my Himalayan salt lamp lighting the room. Seriously no woo woo over here with me, but I love the light that lamp casts at night.
All of this has been amazing for falling asleep! So I keep doing it. I keep loving it. I'll still never go to a real yoga class. Been there, done that. If you struggle with falling asleep or sleeping soundly, try some yoga moves. Here's 30 common yoga poses to know.