Sleep is essential for good health. In fact, we need sleep to survive — just like we need food and water.
Up until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, what good it serves, or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when one is sleep deprived.
The Science journal says that the need for sleep must have a very strong biological basis. So when we are sleep deprived, all sorts of things related to our health and behavior are harmed.
When we sleep we are able to process not only what we have been taught, but to discard thoughts that only “occupy space” in our memory. Furthermore, it is during our sleep that important hormones are produced.
The most common sleep disorders among Americans are:
- Sleep Apnea
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
Research shows that sleep and mental health are intertwined. On one hand, sleep disturbances can contribute to the onset and progression of mental health issues, but on the other hand, mental health issues can also contribute to sleep disturbances.
Therefore, it is important to use strategies that assist with sleep quality and timing. Yoga practice is an effective way to sleep better and, therefore, to fight sleep disorders in a natural and healthy way. When you practice yoga, both mind and body are put to work.
When you do yoga, your brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in brain structure as well as function, resulting in improved cognitive skills, such as learning and memory.
In recent studies done by Harvard University, researchers found that those who practice yoga regularly have better overall sleep quality, less episodes of sleep disturbances, take less time to fall asleep, have less dysfunction during the day, use less sleep medications and also feel more rested and energetic in the morning.