4 Surprising Benefits of Sleeping with a Yoga Bolster
Getting quality sleep is important for our physical and mental wellbeing…but it isn’t always easy to attain. And according to the CDC, chronic poor sleep can lead to a myriad of health complications including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression. Yet a surprising 1 in every 3 people do not get the sleep needed to maintain good health.
If you find you are not getting the recommended 7 hours or more of sleep each night, it may be time to change things up in the way you sleep. Sleeping with a yoga bolster may sound like a strange suggestion, but the truth is this supportive pillow can bring a bevvy of benefits to your bedtime routine.
Still not convinced? We’ve gathered a list of the top 4 benefits of sleeping with a yoga bolster…and some of them just might surprise you.
Keeps Your Body in Alignment
If you sleep on your back, try placing your bolster under your knees. This will reduce stress on your spine and support the natural curve of the back.
Side sleepers can benefit from placing a bolster between the knees to support the upper leg and prevent it from pulling the spine out of alignment. It also reduces stress on the hips and lower back.
Can Reduce Stress
We all know how good we feel after receiving a hug from someone we care for. It turns out, your body releases the same levels of oxytocin when you sleep hugging a bolster. Known as the “cuddle” hormone, oxytocin can bring about a sense of well being and comfort while reducing stress, allowing you to fall asleep faster.
Allow Pregnant Women to Get GOOD Sleep
If you’ve been pregnant, you know the last few weeks are generally uncomfortable and getting good rest is difficult. Even earlier in pregnancy when the belly begins to grow, many women are forced to sleep in uncomfortable positioons. Bolsters can be used for side sleeping mamas who need something to support their growing tummies. It can also be used as a leg and arm rest.
Many of us try to make do using regular bed pillows to cushion our pain points while we sleep or to keep our bodies in proper alignment. But squishy pillows inevitably…well, squish…leaving us with little support.
Bolsters are designed to offer firm support and maintain their shape even after hours of use.
If you’re interested in trying to improve your sleep by adding a bolster to your bedtime routine, we have two that we think you’re going to love. Our velvety soft Eco Suede Yoga Bolster is perfect for cuddling and our Organic Cotton Yoga Bolster offers plenty of support without feeling stuffy.
It’s vitally important to ensure you’re getting at least seven hours of sleep each and every night. The simple addition of a yoga bolster just might provide the support you need to drift off to dreamland.