Sleep is objectively good. So why are more than one-third of Americans not getting enough of it? Residual anxiety and stress from the day (or the dread of more to come tomorrow) can keep us awake and ruminating into the wee hours of the night. And the next morning (when we’ve become the Walking Dead), we’re less productive, more irritable, and more stressed out. It can quickly become a vicious cycle, taking a toll on our physical and mental health.
So how do you get some good shut-eye when your mind just won’t shut off?
For Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles, moving through a few slow, simple poses helps her detach from the day’s chaos and focus on the body and breath. “We’re busy all day with computers and screens, right up to the last minute, so it’s a great way to come back to your breath and your body.”
Her bedtime yoga sequence, created in partnership with Lipton Wellness, includes four easy poses you can do from your bed (we’re not kidding!), designed to help drop tension in the lower back and hips. And while your weekly studio classes probably encourage you to focus on form, Stiles’s flow is all about getting your body to a place that feels most comfortable to you.
Get comfy: The more you enjoy your flow, the more likely you are to stick with it. Swap out leggings for your favorite PJ pants (we won’t judge) and throw an extra thick blanket on the bed to really ramp up the fuzz-factor. Do these poses in order, holding the pose on each side for 30 seconds, or however long feels right for your body.