bedtime stretches

Doing some stretches before bed can help your muscles relax and get ready for sleep.

While doing a full-on workout right before you turn in for the night isn’t a great idea, some light stretching releases the tension you’ve built up during the day and can help signal to your body that it’s time to wind down.

Try this 5-minute series of bedtime stretches to slow down your heart rate, loosen up parts of the body that have taken a beating during the day, and get your mind in a relaxing place for a good night’s sleep.

Why Do Stretches Before Bed?

Stretching encourages your muscles to relax and lengthen, important when you’re looking to release the tension of the day.

It also helps your muscles prepare to repair the damage they’ve sustained through earlier workouts and normal everyday activity.

It encourages deep breathing, which is a surefire way to help your body drift into dreamland.

And one more perk of bedtime stretching–it simply feels great!

Release some endorphins, deepen your breathing and get ready to catch some Z’s.

Here’s to feeling good!

If you like this video, you can find many more stretching videos for different times of the day here.