Stretching For Better Sleep
These days, it can be difficult to take sufficient time for relaxation at the end of our day. However, the busier our schedules become, the more important it becomes to wind down efficiently and effectively. Reserving even just five or ten minutes for relaxation before bed can significantly improve your ability to fall asleep faster. As a result, you may find improved energy and productivity the following day. Not only is stretching a great way to relax, but is an active way to relieve your muscles of any tension built up over the day so that you can wake up feeling recovered and refreshed. Want to give it a try? Start with a few of these great stretches.
Side Bend: Sit on the floor or bed cross legged. Support your body by placing your left hand on the floor beside you. Leading with your right hand over head, lean your body to the left to feel a stretch in your right side, neck and shoulders. Be sure that your bottom remains completely on the floor. Repeat this motion on the opposite side to complete the stretch.
Seated Stretch: At a seated position, lead your legs straight out in front of you. On an inhale, slowly bend your torso and arms forward reaching as close to your toes as possible. Hold the position for a few breaths to feel a stretch in your lower body and legs.
Happy Baby: Laying on your back, bend your knees to grab a hold of your feet. Slowly lift legs wide overhead. Gently rock back and forth to feel a release in your hips, back and hamstrings.
Release Stretch: Standing up, cross your arms and grasp each elbow with opposite hand. Slowly bend your head, neck and arms toward your feet. Gently rock side to side for 5-10 breaths. Gently roll back up to complete the stretch.
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