Have you tried everything from chamomile tea to lavender essential oil to improve your sleep and still can’t manage the kind of restorative slumber your body needs?
Then you need to try this simple, yet often overlooked way to boost the quality of your sleep —stretching.
Performing a series of gentle stretches before you slide between the sheets can help you get in touch with your body and breath and release muscular and mental tension that’s accumulated during the day.
And, studies have shown that performing slow, meditative movements is one of the many ways to improve your sleep without resorting to over-the-counter remedies.
Let’s take a look at some popular — and effective — stretches before bed you can try for better sleep tonight.
This stretch works the muscles of the upper back, releasing tension in tight shoulders caused by stress and poor posture.
Perform this stretch two to three times — or more, if it feels right.
Another great pose for releasing shoulder, neck, and back tension, legs-on-the-wall protects your back and hips by using support in the form of a wall.
This is a great pose for lower-back tension.
Child’s Pose stretches thighs and back and helps relieve tension throughout the body.
This is a wonderful final pose before getting into bed.
Stretches are great ways to improve your sleep that you can start right away. And, the three we’ve demonstrated here are so simple that anyone can do them — even if you’ve never taken a yoga or other fitness class.
Before you resort to sleep-aids, consider adding a stretching routine to your nightly ritual to help your body release tension and relax for better, more restorative sleep.
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