Yoga Nidra is a powerful remedy for insomnia.
Personally, I used the practice for many years as a therapeutic meditation to help me manage the physical and mental challenges associated with long bouts of insomnia, and the anxiety that accompanied it. (Whaaaat? Meditation teachers aren’t always super chill? NOPE. How do you think we end up in this line of work in the first place??)
Most adults need at least 7 hours of sleep to be effective and experience optimal health and wellness. However, these days, few get to indulge in such luxury. In fact, for some 60 million Americans, sleep is downright elusive.
Many people who struggle with sleep deprivation find it difficult to engage fully in daily life. In addition to inhibiting productivity, creativity and ability to focus, insomnia also weakens the immune system, leading to stress-related illness. Long-term insomnia can also negatively affect personal and professional relationships, as sleep deprivation can trigger intense and (often) irrational emotional reactions. Regularly practicing Yoga Nidra offers a solution to all of these issues.
Yoga Nidra also offers many other healing benefits. It has been the subject of extensive research in recent years.
Research Backed Healing Modality
Yoga Nidra is a recognized, research-backed meditation shown to be beneficial in treating a range of conditions. From reducing chronic pain, chronic fatigue, and depression to providing relief from anxiety, addictive behaviors, insomnia, and daytime sleepiness, Yoga Nidra is the panacea of meditation. It also helps to alleviate negative moods, decrease levels of emotional reactivity and lower the blood pressure in individuals with hypertension.
Yoga Nidra is, perhaps best known as a treatment for PTSD. Thanks to the work of Dr. Richard Miller, in 2006, the U.S. Army carried out research on its efficacy as a treatment method for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2010, the U.S. Army Surgeon General deemed Yoga Nidra a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) and began using it to provide holistic care for veterans suffering from PTSD and related conditions.
When taught privately as a therapeutic meditation, specific emotional and mental blockages can be addressed, through focused intention setting and adapting the stages of the practice for your individual needs.