Southwest Florida has been experiencing some tumultuous weather lately and we are expecting more tonight. It’s not typical for this time of year. The wind and the rain often wakes me up and it feels impossible sometimes to get back to sleep. Even if you can sleep through it, it can make your animals restless. When they stir you inevitable stir too. There is nothing worse than waking up from a dream sleep and not being able to get back into it. To help, here are 3 easy yoga poses to help you fall back asleep during a restless night.

I found these tips in an article by Jessie Gabler who is the founder of Yogi Times. He swears these will help and they seem pretty simple to execute. Restless sleep is not just caused by the weather. Lots of people have trouble resetting after the holidays. New Years Day I went to bed at 4am. The following day I had to wake up at 4am. That takes a few days to get back on track.

While the holidays are fun, they can be stressful too. They bump us off  our eating, working and sleeping routines. In addition, we’ve had short work weeks which can also be a disruption culprit. It’s not just the holidays. Animals, kids and neighbors can interrupt sleep. It’s common to get up and use the bathroom. Some people find it hard to get back to sleep afterwards. All kinds of things, besides weather, interrupt sleep making us feel less than our best in the morning. Perhaps this will help.

Yoga poses for sleep

Here are the 3 Yoga poses for sleep. If tonight’s storm wakes you up try them. In addition, keep them written down by your bed for the future. Let’s have a good night everyone.

  • Happy Baby Pose

    Close-up of unrecognizable cute baby shaking feet while lying in bed, innocence concept

    I’ve also heard this one called the Happy Lady. Once you do it, you’ll understand why. Lie on your back and bring your knees towards your chest. Then, grab the outside edges of your feet with your hands. Open your knees wider than your hips and gently rock side to side to massage your spine. Jesse says it stretches your lower back and hips and relieves tension.

  • Child's Pose

    Kneel on the floor, or your bed, and sit back on your heels. Try to get your  knees as wide as your hips, then bend forward with your torso between your thighs. Put your forehead on the floor and extend your arms forward or alongside your body. It stretches your back, hips, thighs, and ankles. Jessie says it encourages a sense of safety and comfort. Be sure to breathe deeply.

  • Corps Pose

    Close up hand of Asian woman practice yoga Dead Body or Savasana pose with meditation smile at home Feeling so comfortable and relax,Healthcare Concept

    This one is typically used at the end of a yoga session and one you might already be doing in bed.  Lie flat on your back with your legs spread slightly apart and arms relaxed with palms facing up. Take slow, deep breaths. Jessie says the pose allows your body to surrender to gravity, release tension, clear the mind and relax the nervous system.

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