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Can yoga reduce the amount of sleep we need?

The body requires quality rest to recharge itself. However, it is important to remember that there is a difference between rest and sleep. Yoga can be helpful in providing quality rest to the body which will keep it fresh and charged for a longer time. This in turn may reduce the need to sleep frequently or take power naps every now and then.
There are also a few yoga poses for sleep disorders and insomnia that helps in getting quality sleep and deep relaxation. Some of the are:
Ujjayi Pranayam: This is a breathing technique which is great for calming the mind, and warming up the body. It is a popularly practiced in Ashtanga and Vinyasa style of yoga. It promotes quality sleep, helps prevent snoring, and boosts the immune system.
• Nadi Shodhan Pranayama: This is the alternate nostril breathing technique that helps to get a good sleep. It also relieves stress and exhaustion, and calms the mind.
• Uttanasana: This pose is also called the standing forward bend pose. It is beneficial in releasing tension from the spine and the neck. It stretches and lengthens the neck, calves, and hips. Avoid this asana if you have spine-related injury.
• Viparita Karani: This pose is popularly called as legs up the wall pose, and is helpful in relaxing the arms, legs, feet, and ankles. This pose stretches the neck, lower limbs, and enhances blood circulation.
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