Yoga might look pretty easy, but all that bending and breathing can be an amazing addition to your workout routine. Sure, you get the weight loss and the toned muscles, but actually, it is the art of uniting your mind, body, and breath that has the best benefits. After all, who doesn’t want to go through life calmer, happier, and in harmony with themselves?
Everyone knows that a lack of sleep can make you feel grumpy and tired, but did you know that it can also have a serious impact on other aspects of your health? We take a look at some of the implications of sleep deprivation;
If you have been having trouble sleeping lately, it could be a result of a decrease in the production of melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep hormone, produced when the body senses that it is getting dark outside. As it gets later, the body starts to increase melatonin levels until it peaks at around 3am, when the body’s temperature is at its lowest. Produced by the pineal gland in the brain using amino acids from the diet, melatonin helps the body to control sleep cycles and regulates the natural urge to fall asleep.
Drifting off to sleep is impossible if you suffer from nighttime cramps. As you are peacefully settling in for a night of slumber, muscles in the feet or legs suddenly contract, causing intense pain which can last for several minutes.
In 2003, Professor Chris Idzikowski of the UK Sleep Assessment and Advisory Service conducted a study of 1,000 people to determine the positions that people prefer to sleep in. The results showed that over 50% of people prefer to sleep on their sides, with 13% sleeping on their back and 7% on their fronts. Maintaining a poor posture during the day can lead to headaches, neck ache, back pain and memory loss, so it is only natural that spending a night sleeping in a poor position will have the same effect. So, which is the healthiest position to sleep in for your back?