Understand why you’re not sleeping well since the lockdown. Solve sleepless nights with Yoga Nidra by achieving quicker sleep initiation, improving deep sleep and overnight stress recovery
Finding it difficult to sleep lately? You’re not alone. The entire world is facing this issue. We can blame it on the lack of exposure to natural light because of being cooped up indoors, thanks to the lockdown. Or we can blame it on the lack of exercise, or Instagram, or working long hours stuck to the blue screens of our laptops.
However, these factors have always been a constant part of our lives to a certain extent, even before the theatrical & devastating entry of the coronavirus. Then what exactly changed? Why is the internet flooded with memes on lack of sleep right now? Why is almost everyone in the world finding it harder to fall asleep, stay asleep, or get sufficient good quality sleep?
ANSWER: IT’S THE STRESS
The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have introduced a lot of stress and anxiety in our lives. Primary stress factors include the isolation, uncertain future, and sensory overload from all the fear-inducing news and media out there. To understand how lockdown is affecting our mental health, you can read about it in detail here.
THE STRESS-SLEEP CYCLE
Stress is a major contributor to sleep issues, whether it’s making it impossible to drift off or causing you to toss and turn throughout the night. Stress causes sleep problems, and insufficient sleep, in turn, increases the production of the stress hormone cortisol. It’s a vicious cycle and it often takes months for our body to break out of it naturally and return to the normal sleep routine.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Sleep experts at Dozee have curated solutions for every problem related to sleep. There is a 20-minute toolkit for breaking this sleep-stress cycle that works even better than a 12-hour sleep marathon – Yoga Nidra.
Did you know that the 10-12 hr long sleeping sessions we enjoy on the weekends, actually end up confusing our circadian rhythm? This makes it difficult for our body to bounce back to its normal sleep routine, further contributing to the stress-sleep cycle.
YOGA NIDRA FOR SLEEP
Yoga Nidra is a beautiful technique in deep relaxation – a guided meditation that will help you sleep when done during night-time. Guided meditation is as simple to practice as listening to a podcast. If you find it difficult to sleep till late at night or if you find yourself awake through the night till early morning, a routine can bring stability to your life. Stop listening to news and shut down social media/work one hour before you intend to fall asleep. Practice Yoga Nidra for 20 minutes and watch yourself fall deeply in the sweet embrace of sleep. Because a good night’s sleep is a joy in these eventful times.