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Relaxing Stretches for Bedtime

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Sometimes, no matter how tired you are, you just can't seem to fall asleep. Occasional insomnia is normal, but that fact doesn't provide much comfort when you're counting down the hours that remain until you have to wake up. If you're experiencing a period of insomnia, you may want to try changing up your nightly routine to make your sleep more peaceful.

One way to do this is by reducing physical tension and clearing your thoughts. Using deep breathing and slow, controlled movements, incorporate some of these stretches before bedtime to get a good night's sleep.

Try these stretches to get to sleep.Try these stretches to get to sleep.

Rigid Hips
Whether you're experiencing tight hips because you went too hard at the gym or you just don't use that part of your body too often, it can be helpful to stretch them out before bed. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Pushing into your heels, lift your pelvis to the ceiling and maintain that pose for 10 seconds. Slowly return back to resting position and repeat if desired.

"Poor posture can lead to feeling uncomfortably tight or sore."

Tight Sides
Poor posture can lead to feeling uncomfortably tight or sore around your shoulders and further down by your obliques. Try this stretch to relieve some tension and get cozy. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart, bring your right arm up by your ear and lean to the left. Keep your left arm down by your leg for added stability. You should feel the stretch all along your right side, from your shoulder blade down to your hip. Repeat on the other side.

Sore Chest
This stretch is simple and easy to do wherever you are, as it requires you to simply tweak the way you're standing. Bring your arms back behind you and place them on your lower back. Both of your palms should be pointing toward your shoulders. Push your hands into your back and lift your chin toward the ceiling so you're doing what appears to be a standing backbend. You should feel the stretch through your chest, shoulders and back.

Stiff Back
When your back is stiff, it can make it difficult to get to sleep. Stand upright and keep your feet together. Slowly bend at your waist until your palms meet the floor. This should help stretch your back and get you comfortable for bed.