Sleep is perhaps the most beneficial and crucial biological activity that the human body performs. The quality of sleep is highly dependent on the type of lifestyle a person has. However, another aspect that greatly influences the nature of sleep is the rituals you can perform just before you fall asleep.
To get the maximum benefit from sleep, it is very important that the body is completely relaxed and at ease. One of the best ways to achieve that physical state is to stretch. Stretching reorganizes the neural and muscle orientation of the body and helps to reduce the pressure on the muscles that can hinder a good night’s sleep.
In this article, we have listed the five best stretches that are very useful to perform and that can greatly affect your sleep.
Since the world has moved completely to digital due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people spend most of their day sitting in a chair, for example while working. This stretching pose is perfect for such people. It helps open the hips and also stretches the legs nicely. Try to hold this pose for three to five minutes for maximum effect.
The Sphinx pose
The sphinx stretching pose helps immensely in targeting the areas such as the glutes, pelvis, and hips. However, it mainly works around the spine and back. This stretching exercise not only helps open the back muscles but also rejuvenates their strength. For best results, try to hold the pose for three to five minutes.
The child’s posture, as the name suggests, is child’s play and benefits the whole body. Add to that a rotating arm movement and the focus shifts specifically to the upper body, especially the shoulders. Performing this pose right before bed means there are no interruptions and you get your good seven-eight hours.
This stretching pose has a hidden benefit aside from nourishing the muscles. The forward fold also benefits digestion and the system. The pose comes to the muscles and helps benefit the rams, legs, and back. Another small advantage is that you can perform this pose sitting and standing.
The last but most popular stretching pose-cum-exercise is the plank. The pose strengthens your core and is also beneficial for a person’s balance ability. In addition, performing planks also improves your metabolism. After a long tiring day, perform the plank for about two minutes to relax and cool down.
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