From alternate nostril breathing to counting sheep, it turns out there is a simpler way to slip into the land of nod.
In an interview with Well and Good, supermodel Elle Macpherson says she turns to yoga when she has trouble falling asleep.
“If I still have trouble calming my mind, I’ll lie on my back, place my feet up the wall, and stretch my arms (like the yoga pose viparita karani). It has an immediate meditative effect on me. All I need is five minutes like that and I’m calm and ready for sleep.”
Echoing Elle’s recommendations, Yoga Medicine founder Tiffany Cruikshank told the LA Times viparita karani, or legs up the wall, is really helpful before bed.
“This one is really great for stress,” she said. “It’s also really helpful for sleep … it’s really good to use it right before you go to bed, and literally crawl right into bed afterwards.”
Watch the video below for instructions on how to do the legs up the wall pose.