Stretching before bed with ITP

ITP and sleep

Why Should You Stretch Before Bed?

 

Stretching before bed not only calms your body and mind before sleep, it releases tension in your muscles and draws them into relaxing.  Stretching has known to be benificia for thousands of years.  Did you know that the asansa of yoga where practices as a means to stretch out the body before meditation and pary.  Prepares the body and mind for relaxation, clear heads and focuses mind – relaxed and stress free.

One of the side effects for many medications is inability to sleep.

“Stretching in the evening is just as important as in the morning, which is when most people think about doing it,” says Laurel, Maryland acupuncturist Allison Vaccaro.

“Like acupuncture, stretching helps break up stagnation and encourages movement throughout the channels. Stretching in the evening helps loosen the muscles that haven’t been used during the day. Many people spend their evenings sitting on the couch watching TV. Some hit the gym first thing in the morning, then sit at a desk all day. These routines prime the body for stiffness, and can produce pain at night and upon waking.

“Patients of mine who follow my advice to stretch at night report better sleep quality, and less pain and stiffness in the morning.”

Seven Simple Stretches for Sleep

Start at your feet, toes even and work up the body so that you know you have stretched out your entire body.  the whole sequence should only take a couple of minutes.  Should not be about flexability or how far you can go.  Should be a focus on slowing down your body and preparing for sleeping.

1. Feet

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2. Calves

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3. Thighs

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4. Legs

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5. Hips

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6. Back

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7. Neck

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by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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