Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you sleep poorly? You might go a long way to fixing these problems simply by implementing a daily yoga and meditation practice.
Trouble sleeping or poor sleep can be caused by many lifestyle factors, which are the first thing that should be addressed. For example, consumption of alcohol or caffeine, or use of back-lit screens (such as TVs, computers or smartphones) too close to bedtime causes physiological changes that make sleep more difficult.
Physical or mental health problems can also produce trouble sleeping, such as allergies, acid reflux, anxiety, chronic pain or depression.
Meditation is a widely accepted alternative medicine technique with a wide variety of science-proven benefits. A robust body of evidence shows that a regular meditation practice helps reduces stress and anxiety, so it follows that meditation would help people who suffer from insomnia due to such causes. And indeed, a 2014 study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that performing a daily, 25-minute mindfulness meditation practice for just three days reduced stress and relieved stress-related insomnia.