Go on and hit that snooze button
With daylight savings happening in Canada this past weekend, and World Sleep Day coming up on the 18th, little Zs may be dancing around your head. Or, if you’re not getting enough sleep, your ears may be ringing from little spring birds singing way too early. Don’t fret, movement and body awareness may help you catch up on some much-needed rest.
Benefits of sleep
Getting a good night’s rest lets your body and mind recharge. Sleeping is an act of energy conservation that allows the time and space for our bodies to repair themselves after a day of wear and tear.
How movement can help
How can our bodies recover if we aren’t getting enough sleep? This is where movement comes into play. By keeping our bodies active during the day, we are tiring ourselves out, while also ensuring all our bodies’ systems are functioning as they should. Studies show movement leads to deeper sleeps and fewer waking episodes.
So you’ve been active during the day but you’re still not able to get comfy. Posture plays a big role in the sleep game. By maintaining good posture throughout the day, our bodies will feel energized enough to get us through to the night, where we can naturally slow down before hitting the hay. We also want to keep our bodies’ alignment in mind when going to bed. It is recommended we sleep on our backs in order to get a good night’s rest. We want to maintain the curve in our lower backs by keeping a pillow under our knees. If you’re really struggling getting comfortable on your back, you can try laying on your side, with your knees slightly bent, keeping that pillow under them.
Learn more about body awareness and movement by taking a class with me; but first, get some sleep!