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4 Easy Stretches That Will Help You Sleep

4 Easy Stretches That Will Help You Sleep

Reach for the Stars & Stretch for Sleep

There are a lot of things that can contribute to a good night’s sleep, but one often-overlooked factor is stretching. Stretching before bed can help reduce tension in the body and promote relaxation. It’s a good idea to focus on stretching the muscles that are most likely to be tight or sore, such as the neck, shoulders, and back. 

When you stretch, your muscles lengthen and loosen, which can lead to reduced muscle tension and pain. Additionally, stretching can improve circulation and increase flexibility, both of which can promote better sleep. While there are many different stretching exercises you can do, some simple stretches that you can do before bed include the following:

  1. Gentle neck roll: 
    1. Start by sitting up tall with your shoulders back. 
    2. Slowly lower your chin to your chest and roll your head from side to side. 
  2. Shoulder shrug: 
    1. Sit up tall with your shoulders back and down. 
    2. Raise your shoulders up towards your ears and hold for a few seconds before releasing. 
  3. Arm and wrist stretch: 
    1. Extend one arm out in front of you with your palm facing down. 
    2. Use the other hand to gently pull the fingers back towards the body. then, repeat with the other hand.  
  4. Calf stretching: 
    1. Stand with one leg in front of the other, both feet flat on the ground. 
    2. Lean into the front leg while keeping your back leg straight and held behind you. You should feel a stretch in the calf of your back leg. 
    3. Hold for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.

And if you really want to up your sleep game, apply some Magnesium Lotion onto your arms, legs & lower back prior to stretching.

If you don’t mind a bit of yoga, you could try these stretches as well.  The more relaxed your body is feeling, the easier it’s going to be to fall asleep. 

 

Remember, just 5-10 minutes of stretching before sleep can make a big difference in how well you sleep.  Wishing you good nights & days ahead.

Adore Sleep

 

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