Poor Sleep Can Triple Heart Disease Risk: 5 Simple Yoga Poses To Help You Sleep Better

Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally. A new study suggests that improving sleep health may help mitigate the risk of heart disease.

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Poor Sleep Liked To Heart Disease

Having more sleep health problems can increase the risk of heart disease by as much as 141 percent, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study led by University of South Florida reviewed sleep data of 6,820 U.S. adults with an average age of 53 who self-reported their sleep characteristics and heart disease history. 633 of them also wore a research device (actigraphy) around their wrist that captured sleep activity. The researchers found that each additional increase in self-reported sleep health problems was associated with a 54 per cent increased risk of heart disease. The estimated risk was much higher in those who provided sleep data by both self-report and actigraphy sleep data. They had a 141 per cent increase, and the researchers said that this figure could be perceived to be more accurate. Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally. The findings of study suggested that improving sleep health may help mitigate the risk of heart disease. So, here are 5 simple yoga poses that will help you get a good night’s sleep.

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Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

This pose improves digestion, blood circulation and relaxes the mind – all of which help you get a sound sleep. It is also an excellent stretch for improving the flexibility of the spine.  Also Read - 6 Mental And Physical Health Benefits Of Soaking In A Hot Tub

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

This pose calms the nervous system, relieves stress and fatigue before bed, and thus helps you sleep peacefully. In addition, practising child’s pose releases tension in the hips and thighs and eases neck and back pain.

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Legs-up-the-wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

This yoga pose helps increase blood supply to the brain, thereby calms the mind as well as beneficial in relieving mild headache. It is also an excellent pose to relieve tired legs and feet.  Also Read - New Three-Dose Rabies Vaccine By Cadila Can Save More Lives Than The Existing Vaccine

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Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

The pose allows you to gradually enter a truly relaxed state. Experts say practicing it before bed can promote deep, quality sleep. But Shavasana is considered the most difficult of all yoga poses.

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Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)

Practising this pose helps relieve stress and reduce fatigue by calming your brain nerves. It is also an excellent pose for treating headaches and insomnia that can hamper your sleep.  Also Read - C-Reactive Protein Test: Can it predict heart attack? Experts Have A Say