Studies have shown that average sleeping time has been on a global decline since the 1980s, and the pandemic of 2020 has only made things worse, thanks to the added personal and financial stresses caused by lockdowns and health risks. More than half of adults worldwide report not getting enough sleep; in America, a growing number of people sleep less than 6 hours a night.
Whether people are sleeping less due to anxiety, longer work hours, or unhealthier lifestyles, inadequate sleep comes at a huge cost.
Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to:
- High blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke
- Hormone imbalances
- Increased risk of car accidents and accidents on the job
- Decreased concentration and motivation
- Memory loss
- Depression and other mental health problems
- Premature aging
- Weight gain
- Decreased libido
True Naked Yoga, an innovative instructional naked yoga platform, says that “not getting enough sleep is so unhealthy for the brain that it negatively affects the entire body and spills over into every area of your life.” But while these statistics can seem disheartening, there is equally strong evidence for the health benefits of yoga and meditation on sleep, including prenatal yoga for pregnant individuals. And practitioners of Naked Yoga report experiencing even more added benefits.
So what’s the deal with Naked Yoga? According to True Naked Yoga, it’s an ancient spiritual practice that originated in India. Since its genesis, the practice has spread and evolved into the more mainstream form of Naked Yoga that people partake in today. Some of the most widely reported benefits of Naked Yoga include:
- Increased body positivity and self-love
- Greater acceptance of one’s body just as it is
- A stronger mind-body connection
- Greater freedom of physical movement without the restrictions of clothing
- Increased confidence and sense of overall wellbeing
True Naked Yoga claims the added benefits of Naked Yoga and Meditation include:
Better Temperature Regulation
The absence of restrictive clothing allows you to retain less heat, and lower body temperature has been shown to help you fall asleep faster and wake up less throughout the night.
Improved Blood Circulation
Without tight clothes restricting arteries and veins during your practice, blood can flow more freely and effectively, which is healthier for your cardiovascular system overall and can lead to fewer aches and discomfort during sleep.
Studies have shown that regular Yogic breathing techniques stretch and strengthen the upper airway muscles, leading to more efficient breathing during sleep, greater lung capacity, and increased oxygen saturation, all of which can lead to fewer sleep disturbances caused by snoring and sleep apnea.
The mindfulness techniques used in Naked Yoga and Meditation can lead to a stronger mind-body connection, helping you feel more grounded, less anxious, and more able to fall asleep at night. Mindfulness has also improved sleep quality by reducing the stress hormone cortisol.
Better Mental Health
Naked Yoga practitioners report higher levels of self-love, acceptance, confidence, and body positivity. Feeling good about yourself radiates over to all areas of your life, making you happier overall and less likely to experience anxiety, depression, and other insomnia-inducing mental health problems.
Fall Asleep Faster:
Doing a restorative yoga program or calming meditation right before bed lowers the heart rate and can help you ease off into sleep more easily.
Curious to try it out for yourself? True Naked Yoga offers new members 50% off their first monthly or yearly subscription.
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