Yoga and travel retreats are effective treatments for insomnia. Here’s how you can start reaping their benefits:

Millions of people today suffer from insomnia – an estimated 30-50% of the general population, with 10% suffering chronic insomnia, according to a study done by The Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research. You or someone you know, being one of those people is likely what brought you to this article.

Thankfully there are tried and tested, non-medicated treatment methods for overcoming those frustrating sleepless nights. These include useful yoga retreats, special healing holidays, and rejuvenating poses that you can try yourself at home.

Yoga and insomnia: an effective treatment?

Practicing yoga not only has physical benefits for your body; the intense concentration it involves will also help you let go of the day’s troubles, preventing them from taking up occupation in your mind while you’re otherwise trying to rest. Numerous recent studies have reinforced the positive effects between yoga and insomnia.

Yoga retreats as popular as ever

A yoga retreat is often regarded as one of the most effective ways of overcoming sleepless nights, as it whisks you away from the hustle and bustle of your busy daily lifestyle, leaving you with a feeling of rejuvenation. Certainly, this may prove better for relaxation than the usual family holiday, which typically involves a high amount of stress at the best of times!

Many popular destinations have hosted retreats in the past and continue to do so today, including the beautiful Bahamas, India, Thailand, as well as numerous locations across Europe and the Mediterranean. Depending on your needs or preference, your stay may range anywhere from a couple of days to a few weeks in length.

Even when travelling to the most exotic locations, yoga retreats don't have to break the bank either. Booking your retreat during low season (which will likely be different for each location, depending on climate and certain other factors) might be the best option for you. Of course, good forward planning and booking early is also a sure-fire way to find good deals.

Healing holidays & healing travel

We live on a beautiful planet. Getting out into the world to see it can be one of the most effective treatments for insomnia. Taking some time for yourself, crucially for a prolonged period away from your usual surroundings, can be extremely beneficial for restoring and rejuvenating the soul. For this reason, ‘healing holidays’ are proving one of the most popular forms of a getaway in the predominantly office-based 21st Century.