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Five stretches to boost relaxation and improve sleep

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am a big fan of yoga and meditation when it comes to improving sleep and reducing the symptoms of insomnia.

However, some people are still intimidated by the idea of giving yoga a try - so today I want to share some stretching techniques that are a bit more approachable.

These 5 minute techniques will aid relaxation and help you sleep.

1. Torso stretch into glute lift.

Stand with your back straight and reach your arms around in a full circle, like a hand on a clock. Finish by lifting up one leg and stretching your entire body to one side.

2. Hamstring stretch.

Stretch one hamstring muscle at a time by stepping one foot forward. Lean forward to align your gaze with the toe of your stretched foot whilst keeping your back straight.

3. Side stretch.

Stand straight with your feet hip-width apart. Reach one arm straight up and slowly bend sideways and then back to center.

4. Rag doll.

Stand up straight and cross your arms in front of your body. Then, slowly bring your body down whilst keeping your legs straight (you can bend your knees slightly if this feels uncomfortable). Let your body remain limp for a few moments before slowly straightening your body again.

5. Body twist.

Cross one foot in front of the other and reach your arms out to the sides. Twist your body and reach one arm down to the opposite foot and one arm up in the air whilst keeping your back straight. Look up at the arm that's in the air, then repeat on the other side.

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Source: Parade

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Last updated: June 23, 2014

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Martin Reed

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