Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life.
Someone with insomnia will often take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep and may get only six or fewer hours of sleep for three or more nights a week over a month or more.
Insomnia symptoms may include: Difficulties falling asleep, night awakening or waking too early, daytime tiredness or sleepiness, irritability, depression or anxiety.
Shashankasana or the “Hare Pose” is so called as the asana resembles a hare in the final position. Benefits of Shashankasana include relaxation, relieving of depression and a good upper body stretch.
Shavasana helps in relaxation and improving insomnia and its focus is on abdominal breathing. The abdomen, the chest and the neck (clavicular region) expands during a relaxed deep breath. As one relaxes more, the abdominal breathing is more prominent. It reduces the metabolic rate, gives deep relaxation, reduces anxiety, alleviates mild depression and improves sleep.