Insomnia

To prevent insomnia try these simple techniques: brush your hair forward and back a few times. According to yoga, this helps our magnetic field to come out of "active mode," and go into relaxed mode.

Place your feet under cold running water. This relaxes the nervous system through the nerve enedings in the feet.

Take a calcium supplement. This also relaxes the nerves.

It is best not to have eaten at least 2-3 hrs. before going to bed.

Try to turn the TV off at least 30 min. (if not more) before going to sleep. TV interferes with your brain wave rhythms.

Meditation before bed is one of the best things you can do in order to have a restful night. This meditation, from our Am/Pm Yoga DVD is one of the best:

Hands in lap. Inhale in 4 equal breaths through the nose as you think Sa-Ta-Na-Ma. Hold the breath for 16 counts thinking Sa-Ta-Na-Ma 4x. Exhale in two breaths as you think Wahay Guru. Do this as long as it takes for you to feel sleepy. This meditation helps to regenerate the nervous system from the effects of long-term stress and also restores one\'s natural bio-rhythms.

Also, as you're lying in bed, rather than let your mind race, try doing the mantra (softly) Wahay Guru 3x Wahay Jeo, 8x per breath. Also do this until you feel sleepy.