If you are into health and wellness, then you’ve likely heard that getting enough sleep is the number one way to improve your overall health.
Sleep has been overlooked for far too long as an integral part of our wellbeing until now. There is so much research coming out every day about the benefits of sleep and how it can prolong our life and our quality of life. And there are many studies that link a positive relationship between exercise, like Pilates, and quality of sleep.
However, in this new era of technology getting sleep (and good sleep) is harder than ever. We are bombarded with blue and red lights from tvs, tablets and phone screens everywhere we turn. This makes it hard to disconnect and even harder to fall asleep once we do.
Not to mention all of the regular stuff we have to deal with like our kids or babies waking us up, our never-ending to-do lists circling around our brain at night, our partner snoring in the bed next to us, and even our dog coming in and out of the bedroom at night.
So we know prioritizing sleep is helpful, but how exactly do we do it??
Well, you can start with a solid nighttime routine, which you can get here.
Essentially a good night time routine involves unplugging an hour or so before bed (make sure to plug your phone in outside of the bedroom so you won’t be tempted to “quickly check something”). Next you’ll want to fill that time with relaxing items like taking a bath, getting your pjs on, brushing your teeth, doing some light stretches/pilates moves and reading a book.
Having the right routine and practicing it every night is the key to getting a good night’s sleep and feeling rested and rejuvenated the next morning.
Here are some Pilates moves you can do in bed as part of your routine to help you wind down and get a better night’s sleep:
1. Cat and Cow
2. Upper Back Rotations
3. Seated Twist
5. Half Roll Back
6. Spinal Twist
7. Child’s Pose
If you’d like to learn more about Pilates and try out some full workout at home, you can try Pilates on Demand for free with your our 10-day free trial!
Now let’s get some sleep 🙂