Finding a rhythmic sleep cycle that works for you is so critical to short and long-term gains of skills and overall life awareness. The body works with a 24-hour cycle of patterns. Living in concert with these rhythms will improve our sleep cycle.
Sleep isn’t just for the body. We have about 60,000 independent cognitive thoughts every 24 hours. The brain and body repairs itself while we sleep. Optimal health and well-being is experienced when adults achieve 7-10 hours of sleep daily depending on your lifestyle and workout routines. Most of us are having problems sleeping because of the over activity during the day and misuse of our autonomic nervous system. To improve sleep cycles, take a breathing break during the day. In yoga, we call this a yoga nidra (yogic Sleep), which is the equivalent of 2.5 hours of sleep. A yoga nidra is a 25-minute guided breathing exercise. It’s our equivalent of a cat nap. And if you really want to live in concert with our 24-hour cycle, take a 5-minute “brain break” every 90 minutes to stay in balance with our ultradian rhythms. A brain break means you step away from whatever you’re doing and find a quiet place to close your eyes and breathe (Srinivasan, 1991)...Read the entire article here.