Why are you still awake?
Are you one of the millions who suffer from insomnia, and find it difficult to get off to sleep at night? I find the mundane things, such as world over population, terrorism, and climate change have little effect on me dropping off, but the big issues such as how do I pay for car repairs, the mortgage and fuel bills really keep my eyelids from closing. If you are one of these unfortunates, here are a couple of simple ideas to help you into dreamland.
The lazy way.
This requires hardly any physical exertion at all. This is good, as you should be feeling tired enough without having to do exercises.
A technique called the “tension tamer” has been developed by researchers in the U.S. They asked 134 people suffering from heart problems to try this stress-reduction technique. They were instructed to undertake a sequence of deep breathing exercises. When these where complete they were then asked to visualise a relaxing and pleasant scene. Over two thirds of those taking part said they enjoyed better sleep and felt less fatigued.
The not so lazy way.
This technique requires some effort, but not much, just some simple stretching. The only equipment required is a pillow.
This is said to be a supremely relaxing technique and known as the sleeping swan yoga stretch.
It is also said to have a calming influence on the nervous system.
Take your pillow and kneel with it in front of you. Bend forward from your hips until your head is on the pillow. Bend your right knee under your torso and stretch your left leg out behind you. Keeping your elbows slightly bent extend your arms forward in front of your head. Hold this position for eight to ten breaths, breathing calmly in and out through your nose, to calm your nervous system, and then slowly straighten up. Change legs and repeat as necessary, (I image that means until you are tired)
A combination of both.
I will be honest and say that I have only tried the first technique, and I think it does help, although you may have trouble concentrating at first.
I am considering combing the first method with second. With luck I may fall asleep on the floor.