Sleepy Stretches

Woman stretching in bed

Benefits Of Stretching Before Bed

Stretching is a wonderful habit to develop, especially after intensive workouts. It helps you feel mentally and emotionally relaxed, relieves stiffness and feels great. A good time to unwind and stretch your body is before bed!

Because stretching is a very personal act, the activity helps you focus on your bodily sensations and gets your mind off your daily stressors; this relaxes you for a good night’s sleep.

The awareness of your body during stretching helps you develop mindfulness; the act of being nonjudgmental towards yourself in the present moment. Mindfulness has been shown to promote better sleep. And with a little bit of stretching before bed, you can avoid getting into the habit of sleep deprivation and the increased risk of mental illness that comes along with it.

Stretching helps relieve muscle tension and loosens you up prior to sleep. Imagine going to bed feeling stiff after a 3 hour tennis match? It’s not a good feeling. Stretching is for your muscles what showering is for your skin and hair; they help you rejuvenate.

Stretching improves your flexibility, increases your range of motion, reduces musculoskeletal pain, relieves stress, calms your mind and helps decrease tension headaches! All of these benefits can help promote a better night’s sleep because they help your body recover from the wear and tear of daily activities, promoting peace of mind before you doze off.

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