12 Tips for Better Sleep

By
Namita Piparaiya
Top view of cute young fitness woman lying on the floor on mat with eyes closed.

Sleep is one of the most important yet overlooked aspects of a healthy lifestyle. A third of our lives are spent sleeping, precious 8 hours of a day are dedicated to it, and missing even a single night’s sleep can slow down our brain and make us forgetful. Miss a few more nights of sleep, and we can start hallucinating! Sleep is crucial for our health, and it deserves as much importance as a good diet and exercise.

Practical and natural tips to support a good night's sleep

The Power of Sleep Part 2

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The Power of Sleep: Part 1

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Yogic Sleep Management: How to Mitigate Physiological Hindrances to Sleep

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Woman practicing yoga for deep sleep Sage's Pose (Marichyasana III)

Craving Deep Sleep? Ditch Caffeine, Alcohol and Your Alarm Clock—Try Gentle Yoga

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Restful Sleep: How Light, Temperature and Yogic Breathing Can Help You Sleep

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Women practicing yoga savasana

Insomnia Blues: 5 Kinds of Sleep Disturbances and How to Identify Them

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Older female yoga student practicing paschimottansana seated forward bend pose

Sleep for Heart Health: Calm Your Nervous System with Yoga for Better Sleep

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