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2 Stretches to Wind Down Before Bed

Apr 18, 2024 | Fitness & Wellness

Ever feel like it’s impossible to wind down before bed?

In our daily hustle and bustle, stress lurks around every corner — making relaxation a challenge. Yet, ensuring a good night’s sleep is essential for our overall well-being.

Keep reading to learn two stretches you can add to your bedtime routine that helps shift the mind and body from the chaos of the day to the serenity of the night.

The Benefits of Unwinding Before Bed

Performing stretches before bed serves as a powerful tool for unwinding both physically and mentally, allowing you to let go of the stresses of the day and embrace a state of calmness and relaxation conducive to a restful night’s sleep.

Specific benefits include:

  • Releasing Tension
  • Promoting Relaxation
  • Cultivating Mind-Body Connection
  • Improving Circulation
  • Enhancing Sleep Quality

Two Stretches to Wind Down

By incorporating gentle stretches and mindful breathing into our bedtime routine, we can effectively transition from the busyness of the day to the tranquility of the night.

Child’s Pose is a gentle yoga posture that encourages relaxation and releases tension in the back, shoulders, and hips.

To practice Child’s Pose:
– Begin by kneeling on the floor with your big toes touching and your knees spread apart.
– Sit back on your heels and extend your arms forward, lowering your torso between your thighs.
– Rest your forehead on the mat and allow your arms to extend fully, palms facing down.
– Take slow, deep breaths, focusing on expanding your belly with each inhale and completely releasing tension with each exhale.
– Hold the pose for several breaths, allowing yourself to sink deeper into relaxation with each exhale.

Single Knee to Chest is another effective posture for releasing tension in the lower back and hips, preparing the body for a restful night’s sleep.

Here’s how to practice Single Knee to Chest:
– Lie on your back with both legs extended.
– Bend your right knee and hug it into your chest, interlacing your fingers just below the knee.
– Keep your left leg extended on the mat or bend it and place the sole of the foot on the floor for added stability.
– Hold the posture for a few breaths, feeling the gentle stretch in the right hip and lower back.
– Release and repeat on the other side, performing the pose with your left knee.

Incorporating these two poses into your bedtime routine can effectively unwind both body and mind, paving the way for a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Want to learn more ways to improve your mental well-being?

Join our 2024 YMCA Wellness Series class, “Mindful Living: Simple Strategies for Mental Health,” on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00PM. Embrace a calmer, more centered you as Licensed Mental Health Counselor Patrick Greene, of Horizon Health Services, guides you through simple yet powerful strategies to enhance your mental well-being.

Registration is free, class is held online, and a replay link will be readily available. Click below to register: