Written by: Thy TranHoang | Published on October 23, 2023
Sleep can become affected during the perimenopause and perimenopause transition due to changes in hormone levels. This can lead to insomnia, the inability to fall or stay asleep. Not getting the proper amount of sleep can even become a contributing factor to other perimenopause symptoms, including mood changes, brain fog, lack of concentration, weight gain, low sex drive, and even weak immune system. Yoga is a practice that has been noted to help improve physical and psychological perimenopause symptoms, including sleep.
Yoga is often referred to as a form of meditation that combines attentiveness and focused breathing with some form of light, physical exercise. Yoga can help reduce stress by driving your attention away from what is weighing you down and focusing more on yourself and your surroundings. This can help in reinforcing positive thoughts and improve self esteem. Yoga can also help rebalance your emotions and improve low mood. Ultimately, when we feel good about ourselves, we are more likely to engage in healthy decision making.
Although there has been no detailed studies on yoga and its effect on the quantity of sleep, yoga has shown to improve the quality of sleep in allowing women to feel more energized and have less mood swings during the day. Three of the main goals of yoga can contribute to improved sleep quality.
- Breathing awareness and regulation: Deep breathing, controlled breathing, and relaxation can help induce sleep.
- Form of exercise: Although not all yoga involves movement, some do. Certain form of yoga or yoga poses involve light to moderate movement. On a regular bassi, moderate exercise multiple times per week can help improve sleep.
- Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a common component of yoga consisting of judgement free awareness of the current moment. Mindfulness can increase melatonin levels, which promotes sleep.
Yoga is not only beneficial for psychological health, but can also be a great addition for women who are undergoing perimenopause as it can help alleviate symptoms. Yoga is also a contributor to quality sleep, thus reducing the feeling of exhaustion while improving concentration, mood swings, and overall health.
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Disclaimer: At It’sFetch.co we strive to provide valuable and reliable health information through our blog. We believe in empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. However, it is important to understand that the content on our blog is not intended to replace the advice, diagnosis, or treatment provided by a qualified medical professional.