Best Yoga Poses for Sleeplessness/Insomnia


One of the most common health problems we face today is sleeplessness /Insomnia. Fluctuating work timings, over exertion, tension has resulted into loss of the biggest boon of life-our sleep.

When we sleep, our body relaxes and this relaxation is must for refilling the strength we lose during the day. The better the sleep, the better we can perform. A good sleep is responsible for good digestion and good concentration. Hence, it is important to have a good sleep of 6 to 8 hours at night. Yoga is an ancient science that has amazingly working remedies on sleeplessness/insomnia. Here are some of the best yoga poses for sleeplessness/Insomnia.

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

In this asana, stand erect perpendicular to the ground. Exhale and then bend towards the front from the hips. The bending should not be from the waist, but on the hip joints. Place the palms next to the feet. Try to keep the legs as straight as possible. This pose reduces the tiredness of the body and increases the blood flow towards the brain. This stretching yoga is a great way to cure sleeplessness/insomnia.

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

This is undoubtedly one of the most relaxing pose in yoga. You have to lie on the floor on your back. Relax all the muscles and stretch your hands and legs, ideally, at an angle of 45 degrees. The main activity to monitor during this asana is the breathing exercise. Take long and deep breathes and with every breath, feel the rise and fall of the chest and abdomen. This asana helps in not only refreshing your body but also your mind.

Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)

This is a very special asana in yoga for sleeplessness/insomnia. With a proper padding on the ground, this asana includes headstand. Initially, lie down on the ground in a straight position and lightly lift your knees and make sure your feet are glued to each other. Then one by one lift all your body parts. This asana requires a little practice. For a fresher, 10 seconds in this pose is a good start. This pose helps in reducing anxiety and assures good sleep.

Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulder stand)

This is similar to Salamba Sirsasana because of the main attribute headstand. But this is a supported headstand. In this asana you have to rest the crown of your head on a proper insulation against the hard floor and gently lift your body similar to Salamba Sirsasana. But the head should rest on the padding and so should the upper part of the hand from the shoulder. Then rest the body weight on the canopy provided by hands. Deep breathes add to the effect of the asana.

Halasana (Plow Pose)

This is the next position of Salamba Sarvangasana. After stretching your body upwards with the weight resting on the hands, slowly move your body in the backward direction. Stretch out your arms on the padding support on the floor and make the feet touch the ground such that your chest and the legs are at an angle of 30 degrees. You can stay in the position for 1 to 2 minutes. This pose calms your nervous system and hence is good for insomnia.