Do you struggle with pressure and stress that keeps you up at night? Is it hard to relax? Does your mind constantly go over your endless to-do list or spin in a cycle of worry about the future? Is something that happened yesterday creeping in to sabotage the present moment?
Overthinking, worries, and stress can trigger anxiety and cause you to miss out on those vital, moods stabilizing hours of sleep! If you are sleep deprived because your mind is overly active, using calming breathing exercises can help you relax your body, quiet your thoughts, and help you get to sleep. Here are three, great techniques you can practice in bed to help you gently drift away to dreamland.
Equal Breathing – Sama Vritti
Sama Vritti helps to calm the nervous system and reduces stress hormones in your body. Because it’s an easy technique to practice and helps focus your thoughts, it also makes a great addition to your meditation practice.
The abdominal breathing technique is fantastic for dealing with stressful situations. It can help reduce heart rate and blood pressure while helping to clear your mind and get you ready for sleep.
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An amazing breathing technique that calms the mind, clears your thoughts, and releases tension is alternate nostril breathing. Also known as Nadi Shodhana, this breathing technique can help relax your mind in just a few minutes. “Nadi” refers to your body’s energy channels, and “shodhan” refers to a process of cleaning or purification. In other words, it’s intended to remove blocked energy channels in your body which also helps to clear your mind.
Breathing exercises for sleep calm your autonomic nervous systems and naturally relieve stress in your body! How did these exercises work for you? Are there any others that you recommend?