Ayurvedic sleep consultant Anandi was an insomniac for nearly 15 years and tried everything from valerian to hypnosis and serotonin in an effort to get a good night’s sleep. It was only after discovering yoga, Ayurveda, and in particular working with the breath that she began to see an improvement.
Her new book Breathe Better, Sleep Better outlines the fact that there is no easy solution for insomnia but there are things that you can do to manage it.
Breathe Better, Sleep Better incorporates Anandi’s 5 years of experimentation with the breath. It is a holistic approach that works at unraveling the nervous system and bringing it back into balance. As a result, the body is able to slip back into its natural rhythm of sleep.
The exercises in the book not only address sleep problems, but will also balance your whole system which means better digestion, improved circulation, and reduced stress and anxiety levels, according to a press release.
Many of the exercises can be fitted into day to day life and you can do them during the course of your day. Others are designed to take you out of your busy schedule and bring your body back into balance.
Ultimately the key, says Anandi, is a series of small but significant lifestyle changes which include delaying the temptation to immediately check your emails as soon as you wake up, simple dietary changes, and becoming aware of and using the breath to connect you to a more peaceful state and nourish your nervous system.
Sleep is vital for repairing and rejuvenating every organ of the body, from skin to brain, says Anandi, and it is as vital as water and food.