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Rocking Yourself To Sleep Might Help You Cope With Insomnia

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Sleep (deep sleep, not catnaps) is very important, having a significant impact on your health, quality of life, and mood. Surprisingly enough, sleep is a big problem in the country, affecting around 80 million of Americans. It can be disrupted due to a large variety of things, such as stress, hormonal imbalances or disturbances in your environment.

Hemelayaa, from Yoga Journal, believes that the secret to battling insomnia lies in rocking yourself to sleep, an action that has some scientific back up even though it sounds a little weird. A 2011 study from Current Biology states that swinging motions initiate a sensory stimulation that supplements sleep rhythms. The research compared subjects who were sleeping on rocking beds and subjects who were sleeping on stationary beds, with the results proving that rocking motions assist people in transitioning states; from alert, to relaxed, to finally sleeping. 

If you’re struggling with your sleeping habits, you can try rocking yourself to sleep by following these 4 simple steps:

  1. Lie on your back. Extend your legs out straight.
  2. Sway your foot side to side like a windshield wiper. This will in turn rock your whole body into a soothing state taking you into slumber.
  3. Move your hips side to side. It should be effortless.
  4. Do it for about 30 sec and let it go.

We hope you don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend, because that really sucks for them.

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