Sleep Tips: Bedtime Yoga (VIDEO)

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

If you haven't noticed, the Living page and its bloggers have gotten addicted to sleep in a major way. It may seem counter-intuitive to start the year off with making mid-day napping and early bed times a priority, but when it comes to living your best life, achieving all your goals, feeling and looking great, sleep is something not to be missed.

Moments of inspiration come out of a calm stillness. Stillness comes from being rested. We need to understand the importance of down time and sleep in order to make it a priority. If you're interested in accessing your potential and tapping into the endless depths of consciousness, where you will find that everything you need is already there right inside waiting for you, you might want to consider catching up on your Z's.

A wrinkle in this idealistic plan is actually getting to that perfect sleep. Winding down at the end of the day helps. Taking a step away from the computer, phone, and TV after a certain time of day can help us to stop chasing useless thoughts around in a hamster wheel-like fashion. When you give yourself the space and time to wind down by taking a bath, reading a good book, or just sitting quietly, you're buckling in to ride the cosmic wave, where all the secrets of the universe present themselves in practical, useful language that you can apply to your life.

When we respect ourselves enough to cultivate the balance between activity and rest, we are allowing our intuition and awareness a chance to take center stage. Our fears and insecurities simply drop, and we become tuned in, at peace, and life becomes easy and fun. We realize the universe is on our side, and we were possibly the only ones holding ourselves back.

Here is a simple yoga routine you can do in your bed to wind down before sleep. Enjoy and sweet dreams!