Stretches to Unwind at Night

I know I don’t have it as bad as some people do, but falling asleep at night can be so hard sometimes. When we’re wired up all day, stressed for just about everything, and still have a to-do list trying to kill us, it’s no wonder it’s hard for us to fall asleep at night. Something that I’ve found that really helps is stretching at night. Not my hardcore dancer stretches, but a little more mellow, relaxing, yoga stretches, to calm my mind and body. 

  • Side Stretch - This one starts standing with your feet shoulder width apart. Raise your arms above your head, and interlock your fingers. Then reaching out as well as up, lean over to the right. You should feel a nice stretch on your left side/oblique. Then, come back to your starting position and repeat to the left side. 

  • Spinal Twist - Either on your bed or on the floor, start by lying down. Curl up in a ball on right side, and then let your left arm open up so that it is flat on the floor. Allow you head to follow your left arm. Your feet and torso should be all facing the right, but your upper body and left arm should all be towards the left. Then, repeat by starting on your left side and bringing your right arm open. 

  • Neck Stretch - Start sitting with a straight back and the soles of your feet together. Gently tip your head to the right, lightly pulling on it to deepen the stretch. Repeat to the left. Then drop your head directly in the center, again lightly pull on it to deepen the stretch. Finally do 2 neck rolls to the right and 2 to the left. 

  • Leg Rest - Lie down on your back with you feet in the air, resting on a wall. This will help give your feet the break they deserve after being on them all day. 

  • Back Rocks - Start on your back and pull your knees into your chest. Lock your arms around you calves and slowly rock side to side. This should really help roll out you back and help get rid of any stiffness from sitting at a desk all day.

So, this is it! I have found that this sequence of stretches has made falling asleep much easier. I also love that all these stretches are super beneficial to loosening up and not being as stiff. This also works great when done at night with these stretches done in the morning. Comment down below any of your favorite nighttime stretches as well as what you thought of this sequence.  



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