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The Benefits of Yoga for Sleep

People around the world have turned to yoga to cure what ails them – or at the very least, ease what ails them. From anxiety to insomnia, pain to digestive troubles, many have found yoga is improving their lives for the better.     The word yoga stems from the word union and is a mind-body practice. It is an ancient practice and one of the six orthodox philosophical schools of Hinduism. Yoga is thousands of years old and originated in India. It is believed the first yogi practices originated around 3000 BCE. The practice has adapted and evolved, and has become extremely popular in the Western world over the past several decades.     If you associate yoga with high-intensity exercise...

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Using a Buckwheat Pillow for Yoga and Meditation

If you practice meditation, holding your knees in an awkward position, or even rotating your hips can be painful. This is especially true if you prefer the full Lotus pose while you seek mindfulness. Having a steady cushion like a buckwheat pillow can make your daily practice more comfortable and help you reach that inner peace you long for. Lotus Pose (Half or Quarter)This is easier on your knees, and you can use your new buckwheat pillow for added support. With this pose, your pillow can slightly raise your body, which can ease tension in your legs. Cross-legged PoseThis pose will stretch your knees, but this can easily be relieved by using a cushion underneath you to keep your legs...

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Does the Moon Affect Your Sleep?

A full Moon often evokes images of people transitioning into werewolves under the moonlight or a witch on a broomstick. There is something very mythological and magical about the Moon which is why it has been the focus of folktales, mythology, and stories for centuries.   Many first responders or those who work in a hospital believe a full Moon will mean they are in for a busy and bizarre night. In fact, around the world, some hospitals will schedule more staff during a full Moon.   The word lunacy, meaning a state of insanity, originated from the mid 16th century, referring to the insane changes in behavior caused by the Moon using the Latin root luna (moon). This effect...

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Sleep Stages: What They Are and How Much You Need

You finally got your Fitbit (or any other sleep tracker) and are super excited to track your sleep for the first time. You crawl into bed, lay down on your stomach sleeper pillow, and turn on sleep mode. Roughly 8 hours later, you wake up and look at your phone to check your sleep analysis.     You see colorful line graphs, bar graphs, percentages, and a rating scale outlining how many minutes of REM, light, and deep sleep you got. You may even find information on restorative sleep, your sleeping heart rate, and how much “restful sleep” you got. It looks informative – but what does it all mean?   It’s often A LOT more information than you anticipated. This...

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Sleep Chronotypes: Much More Than Early Birds and Night Owls

Are you an early bird or night owl? When we talk about our sleep preferences, we often use these two animals, but did you know you could also be a wolf, lion, bear, or dolphin? The animal you are is your chronotype.    A chronotype is a classification system used to describe sleep schedules and your biological clock. It revolves around your natural inclination concerning the time of day you prefer to sleep and when you are most energetic, both linking to circadian rhythms.   Sleeping patterns vary from person to person. They are impacted by several factors, including physical activity, age, and sleeping conditions (like if you have a sobakawa pillow!).    Many of us admire the early-risers, wondering...

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