Programming Ourselves for Better Sleep
One in three people suffer from insomnia – and without the 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep that most adults need, its difficult to function during the day and maintain well-being. Realistically, it is rare that you meet someone that gets their full 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis. More often than not, you’ll hear one of your colleagues or friends complaining about only getting a painful 3 to 4 hours.
Finding ways to obtain those precious hours of rest has been a trending topic, especially in the modern working culture. Since many people are familiar with working until late hours of the night, getting all those hours of sleep at once isn’t always an option. Without a full night of rest, finding time for short resting periods is important. Even tech companies such as Google have made the effort to create napping stations in their offices to ensure employees can perform at their very best.
A recent study has proven that even with the suggested 8 hours of rest, your mind won’t be fully rested if you keep waking up in between. Disrupted sleep doesn’t give you the “opportunity to progress through the sleep stages to get the amount of slow-wave sleep that is key to the feeling of restoration,” according to researchers. This is even more troubling for insomniacs who lack the ability to fall asleep straight away. So, how do you train yourself to get the necessary amount of slow-wave sleep especially when you only have a few hours?
Yoga is proven to help improve sleep for people who suffer from chronic insomnia, as well as others wishing for better quality sleep. ISHA Foundation’s Inner Engineering course includes the daily practice of Shambhavi Kriya, which brings practitioners a number of mental and health benefits, including better rest. A study has shown that 90% of people who practiced the daily routine experienced reduced anxiety, and 95% had reduced depression, which are the two most common causes of insomnia.
Shambhavi Kriya also directly benefits a person’s state of restfulness. According to the Restfulness Ratio equation, those who practiced for at least one year, got three times more rest than those who didn’t. Based on the delta waves that are associated with the deepest stages of sleep, the practice increases the waves that provide you the relaxation necessary to reach the slow-wave stage.
A study that directly observes sleep patterns of regular Shambhavi Kriya practitioners shows that it can increase the average adult’s REM cycle of 20% to up to 50%, which is a common percentage of infants. The practice also has the ability to decrease the time it takes to fall sleep by 12% and the time it takes to reach the REM cycle by 30%.
Dedicating yourself to the daily practice of Shambhavi Kriya will give you the ability to reach the stage of deep sleep that is vital for a good rest and to avoid those miserable days of fatigue. With the power to fall asleep and reach the slow-wave stage quicker, you can remedy insomnia and get the most out of the few hours of sleep you available to you. This will not only benefit your days at work, but increase your overall health and wellness.
About the Author:
Sadhguru is a yogi, profound mystic, visionary humanitarian and author. He is a well-known public figure, drawing crowds of more than 300,000 for public talks and group meditation also being featured on BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC and Newsweek International for his modern understanding of societal and economic issues. Sadguru founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization that has touched millions across the world through its global centers and yoga programs. The Inner Engineering program provides tools and solutions to empower oneself through the essence of yogic sciences, encompassing healthy holistic living.