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It’s official: Exercise helps us to sleep better

Exercise helps us to sleep better but there’s a catch.  A recent study with chronic insomniacs found that those who started walking, biking or running three times a week for 30 minutes at a time noticed an improvement in their sleep habits at the end of 16 weeks, according to the results published in the […]

Are you an owl or a lark? How to take most of your natural biological clock?

“You are a lark” says the sleep profile report from The BBC Sleep Profiler. No big surprise here, as morning clearly is my prime-time, but it makes me think. As my energy level is highest in the morning how can I adapt to my natural biological clock even better? And how can I avoid the slump […]

Laughter therapy and sleep

Laughter therapy and sleep: Overview One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously. We’ve all known the classic tight-jawed sourpuss who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything. So not fun! The act of laughing stimulates hormones called catecholamines, which in turn release the happy juice — […]

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga positions Yoga is for everyone. Don’t get intimidated by yoga fanatics who show seemingly impossible positions, are obsessed with one-and-only yoga tendency or act like holy rollers. Yoga is not a religion or a doctrine. Yoga respects all cultures, religions, nations and individuals (and all yoga disciplines). It’s not competitive, it’s all-embracing. It […]

Mindfulness sleep therapy

Mindfulness sleep therapy Mindfulness meditation stems from a Buddhist practice called vipassana, a term which can be translated as ‘to see in a clear way’. Mindfulness meditation is one style of meditation that has attracted attention in Western cultures as a possible approach to healing. Today it’s also been used for anxious and racing minds […]

Relaxation for sleep

Relaxation for sleep: Overview Progressive relaxation is a technique for learning to control the state of tension in one’s muscles. It was developed by American physician Edmund Jacobson in the early 1920s. It is not at all clear how shutting down our physical responses can be so effective in curing various disorders, including insomnia. A progressive […]

Breathing and sleep

Breathing and sleep Breathing is an essential skill for sleep. Our nervous system is activated when we breathe deeply and this helps to initiate relaxation and sleep process.  It’s quite surprising how many of us have actually forgotten how to breathe. Many yoga teachers have found out that they need to retrain their pupils to […]

Good sleep lifestyle

Caffeine Even though coffee shops are everywhere, caffeine is still a drug. As a stimulant it perks us up by having a stimulating effect on our nervous system. While caffeine is very good at keeping us awake for some people it can cause side-effects, even panic attacks. We know that coffee and tea contain caffeine but […]