Encountering sadness, and shock like the sudden death of a loved one is an integral part of life but these sad and shocking events can sometimes leave a very strong impact on some people. One outcome of such events is called Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is an anxiety disorder. That can occur if a person encounters a terrifying, dangerous or traumatizing event. PTSD can take place not only if a person faces such event but also if a loved one like a friend or family faces it as well. This disorder can cause sleepless nights because of nightmares, urinary problems, anxiety, flashbacks and fear-provoking thoughts and these are only a few outcomes of PTSD. One well-known treatment for PTSD is Yoga which is seen to be very effective in patients.
Yoga helps fight depression
Depression and PTSD always go side by side. With PTSD, depression is never far away, giving PTSD another weapon in its arsenal to bring havoc to the body. Yoga has, for a number of years been documented to help fight depression and in the long run, help to treat and overcome PTSD.
The most important factor for relieving stress is breathing control. It gives the person suffering from PTSD control over their body which is one of the major issue elicited by PTSD. PTSD keeps your body in a constant state of hypervigilance leading to a number PTSD symptoms. Breathing control, in yoga, returns the body from a constant “fight and flight” state to a near normal level helping an individual to return to a normal, peaceful life.
Yoga helps relieve stress and anxiety by connecting your body to your mind
When a patient starts their yoga classes, they will eventually feel like their body is connecting and syncing with their mind and it will react the way they want it to. It will be scary in the beginning, however, as a patient progresses, this will become their strong suit. Their mind will become calm and body will lose the tension building inside of it without the patient knowing.
Yoga helps with insomnia
Continuation of yoga can destress the body and it also stimulates the discharge of serotonin and melatonin hormones. The release of these hormones not only relaxes the body but it helps fight insomnia and ensures a peaceful sleep. Not does it only help with insomnia but also with restless sleep but also help with dealing with nightmares. Some of the very famous yoga poses for better sleep are Hare’s pose, simple inversion as well as alternate nostril breathing.