Max Strom’s Breathing Practice for Better Sleep

Up at 2 in the morning and can’t get back to bed? Max Strom, yoga teacher, author, and presenter in YJ’s Restore Your Sleep summit, recommends focusing on a relaxing and wonderful memory in order to drift back to sleep. “Absolutely under no circumstances should you look at your phone,” he says.

How are you sleeping lately? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a third of US adults reported they weren’t getting the recommended 7 hours of shuteye per night—and that was in the Before times. 

Now, sleep experts say that heightened stress and anxieties around the Covid-19 pandemic have created a “perfect storm of sleep problems“—dubbed “coronasomnia”—which immediately impacts our physical and mental health. It’s also linked to chronic diseases and conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and emotional distress.

So, how can we boost our ability to drift into dreamland, and blissfully remain there, uninterrupted, through the night? And how can yoga help? 

Max Strom—yoga teacher, international speaker, and author of A Life Worth Breathing and There is No APP for Happiness—recently spoke at Yoga Journal’s summit, Restore Your Sleep, about how to overcome disconnection, loneliness, and hectic lifestyles that are interfering with our slumber. Here, YJ asks him for advice on how to deal with three common roadblocks to rest. 

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