7 Easy Ways to Wake Up with Less Pain
Try these stretches, bed set ups, and sleep positions to ensure you wake up energized -- not stiff and sore
Your pre-bed routineYou've got your dream bedroom, you're steering clear of your iPhone, and hopping into a bath instead. An easy stretching routine can also really help you relax (physically and mentally) and minimize any aches and pains the next morning. Kristie DiScipio, fitness manager at Equinox Fitness, recommends doing each of these about 5 to 15 minutes before bed, then hopping right under the covers to relax.
First, Eliaz says if you only do one nighttime stretch, make it Downward Facing Dog. He says it's one of the most effective, "because it stretches the legs, arms, back, and neck, and allows for better circulatory flow throughout the body."
To try it, start on your hands and knees on the floor, with your knees directly below your hips and your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Then exhale and lift your knees up and away from the floor. At first you can have your knees bent and your heels lifted. Hold that for a couple breaths, then exhale and push your knees straight and stretch your heels toward the floor. You're basically making an upside down "V" with your body.
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