05/01/2015 by | Comments Off on Catch Better Zzz’s by Trying Yoga Before Bed
There are plenty of ways to wind down after a long day, but some work better than others at actually helping you get quality sleep. In today’s Fitbit Healthy Habits challenge, we’re asking everyone to try doing some yoga moves before bed. But does it really help?
Studies have shown that doing light yoga before bed actually helps with a number of sleep-related problems, from chronic insomnia to simply helping you fall asleep easier. Yoga helps your mind and body relax after the day and relieves some of the built-up stress that may keep you up at night.
Many online videos or DVDs you can buy include routines meant to be done before you head to bed, but here are just a few moves you can try:
- Savasana: Lay flat on your back with your arms comfortably at your sides, close your eyes, and relax your body. Lay still and focus on your breathing for a few minutes.
- Knee-to-chest hug: While still laying on your back, bring your knees to your chest and wrap your arms around them. Hold this stretch for about a minute.
- Child’s pose: Start seated on your knees and bend forward at the waist with your arms stretched out above your head. Relax your upper body in this pose for about a minute, or find a length you’re comfortable with.
You can get started with the above poses, or try out FitStar Yoga‘s premium option to unlock “Before Bedtime”, which is specifically designed to help you get better rest.
What’s your favorite way to wind down at the end of the day? Let us know in the comments!