It’s difficult to get a good night’s rest or even get to sleep when you have a lot of muscle tension and stress. A good solution to this menacing problem is to stretch before you get into bed. This is a much better option than reaching for other sleep aids. Connecting your breath with stretching allows your body to relax and sheds unnecessary muscle tension. If you’re someone who tosses and turns in your sleep, you may wake up with a stiff neck, sore shoulders or back. In extreme cases muscle tension can cause cramping in your muscles. A simple stretching routine before bedtime may help ease these symptoms. Look at it like this; five minutes to calm yourself before bed is better than staring at the ceiling half the night.
Here’s what I suggest
- Lying on your back, draw your knees into your chest place your hands on top of your knees. Keep your feet together. Circle your knees in opposite directions breathing deeply as you circle. 5 times each way.
- Now, sit up and cross your legs in front of you. Place your palms on the floor in front of you. Walk your hands out as you exhale and lean forward from your hips, over your crossed legs. Stay there and inhale and exhale a few times. With control, roll back up to a sitting position. Repeat 3 times.
- Sitting up straight, extend both legs directly in front of you. Sit tall and reach your arms in the air as if reaching for the sky. Now bring your arms down twisting your torso to the left, as you twist, place your right hand on the outside of your left thigh and left hand behind you. Hold for three breaths and then repeat on the other side. Remember to stretch your spine by reaching for the sky before you twist. Repeat on both sides two times.
- Finally, sitting tall on the floor lean forward from the hips over your legs (forward bend). Rest your hands on your legs if necessary otherwise reach for your toes without forcing the stretch. Stay in this position for three to 5 breaths. Relax.
Now you’re ready for bed.