Have you found yourself feeling bothered, and your muscles are all tight by the end of the day? You’re not alone. It turns out there could be a simple answer to the issue thanks to these easy stretches we should all do before bed.
Child’s pose is a great stretch to do before bed as it helps lower your heart rate, control your breathing, and release tension in your back, neck, and shoulders. Get down onto your knees and sit your behind on your heels. Widen your knees so that you’re able to fold down to the floor and stretch your arms out in front of you. If you can, gently place your forehead on the floor and take several deep breaths as you hold this pose.
Seated forward bend
Some stretches relieve tension throughout our body. Thankfully, the seated forward bend is one on the list. Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Use your abdominal muscles to gently lower your top half forward while stretching your arms toward your toes. If you can, gently grab your feet to deepen the stretch while keeping your chin tucked into your chest to get even more out of your stretch.
Many of us feel pretty uncomfortable in our shoulders and neck by the end of the day. Thankfully, the bear hug is easy and effective. Stand tall and take a deep breath. Then, as you exhale, fold your arms around yourself and grab the opposite shoulder as though you are giving yourself a hug. Be sure to relax your shoulders and take some deep breaths. Repeat the exercise, but this time, make sure the opposite arm is on top.
This is a simple stretch, but one that we should all do before bed if we want to undo tension from the day. Simply lie down next to the wall before swinging your legs up the wall and turning your body so that your behind is against the wall, too. You can use a cushion if you need some extra support under your pelvis. You can let your arms fall wherever they feel natural. Be sure to hold this pose for up to ten minutes to get the most out of it.
It’s key to ensuring you keep your shoulders down and spine long when doing neck stretches. You can sit in a chair or stand tall. Whatever the case, gently lean your head to one side, bringing your ear to the shoulder and not the other way around. Hold the position for a few seconds before gently swapping sides. This easy stretch can be done for as long as you need to feel the relief.
These easy stretches we should all do before bed aren’t just simple; they are quick and easy to do. Thankfully, incorporating them into our routine shouldn’t be too difficult, and it might not be long before we feel all the benefits from something so simple.