Minor adjustments to your health and wellness regime can do wonders for other aspects of your life. Take sleep for instance. Most people struggle with sleeping at one point or another. There may be numerous reasons why you aren’t getting enough shut-eye such as stress, too much caffeine, emotional turmoil, etc.
It is said that having a night time routine can do wonders for your sleep success. Stretching before you go to bed is one of those beneficial habits you can establish. We tend to forget the pressure that a day’s work puts on the body, especially if you are stuck in front of a computer all day. Giving your body that much needed stretch will not only help you to become suppler, but will aid in stress relief and in gaining a general sense of well-being.
If you want to add some stretches to your night time routine, try some of these:
The Spinal Twist
Start by sitting tall with your feet stretched out in front of you on your bed or yoga mat, whichever you prefer. Bend your left knee, twist your torso left, and bring your left arm behind you. While doing this lift your chest and straighten your right arm upwards. Next bring your right elbow to the outside of your left knee; you will now feel the twist in your spine. Remember to inhale and exhale and focus your breathing in the stretches.
The Cobra Stretch
If you’ve been crunched up in the same position for most of the day, this stretch will feel really good. Lay down on your stomach, face down with your feet together. Keep your legs extended and place the palms of your hands in front of your shoulders. Engage in the stretch by lifting your chin slowly and raising your head and chest so that your arms support your upper body, remember to keep your shoulders pressed down and back, and not hunched forward.
The name of this stretch is rather fitting for the position. So while you are at it, you might use this position as a symbol of gratitude and send some positive thoughts and prayers out into the universe. Start by sitting on your heels with your toes pointed behind you. Lower your chest to your thighs and stretch out your arms in front of you with your palms facing down and your forehead on the floor, if possible.
If you aren’t used to stretching, it might be challenging at first. Don’t push your body too hard. If you practice every day, you will get better and suppler as you move along. Use these stretches to wind down from a busy day and provide your body with the attention it needs.