Living in a society full of blue lighting, cell phones, laptops and virtual reality, it can feel almost impossible for us to find calm before our sleep.
We’re constantly encouraged to get more done, faster, faster and faster. One of the pillars of “yoga nidra” also known as sleep yoga is intentionally moving slowly and mindfully not only to feel a sense of calm but also to restore and balance our central nervous system.
Your parasympathetic nervous system is the one in charge of your rest and digest functions. Your sympathetic nervous system is your awake, moving, and energized function. When we live in a society with constant stimuli and tech attached to our every move, we work to overstimulate our sympathetic nervous system, which puts us at risk of imbalance. With an overstimulated sympathetic nervous system, it’s possible to experience a slower metabolism, risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, insomnia, anxiety and various other health detours.
When your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system are balanced you are able to metabolize your food and drink effectively and efficiently. You’re also able to sleep deeply and restfully! Since I’ve adopted yoga nidra in my life, not only have I been able to sleep so effectively, I’ve also been able to kick caffeine! No more tea or coffee to wake me up; I instead have opened up the possibility for effective rest.
These three steps will help you stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system so that you can find better digestion and rest! Your body will thank you, trust me!
You can also try lavender spray on your pillow or raw lavender flower in your pillow case.
Try staying away from your phone before bed and if that’s too challenging make sure you apply night light setting in your phone so colours adjust to avoid blue light exposure.
Try not to eat or drink before bed so your digestive system can rest too, keeping you less stimulated and readier for sleep!
Know that you could always stop by at the clinic during yoga hours and chat about all the ways you can work to rest effectively!
Goodnight and good luck!