At the end of a busy day of work, it often doesn’t matter how worn out we feel, sometimes sleep just does not come. The minute we lay back and close our eyes in the evening, all our work anxiety, to do lists, nephew’s birthday party plans and a myriad of other stresses decide to invade our thoughts and keep us awake.
Taking some time away from our screens to focus on our physical self in the evening can have an amazing effect on our sleep. While yoga is great for waking us up in the morning, equally, it can be used to slow down our thoughts and relax us at night.
This sundown meditative routine from YogaCarrot can be used every night before bed to focus the breath and slow down the body and mind . Take five minutes at the end of the day to try this on your yoga mat, before cuddling up in your duvet for a good night’s sleep.
The food we eat can also have a huge effect on our body’s ability to sleep. Caffeine stays working in the body for over six hours, so curbing your coffee after lunch is always a good idea. Foods that are naturally high in melatonin on the other hand, encourage our natural sleep cycle and help us get some shut eye. Cherry juice is a great source of melatonin, try drinking a couple of glasses throughout the day, to see the effect it has on your body’s ability to unwind when the sun goes down.