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Decompressing techniques for better sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Sometimes we are so wound up from the day's events that it can be hard to settle down into bed. There are certain relaxing techniques such as meditation and stretching that may help you drift off easier. If counting sheep just hasn't been cutting it for you lately, try some of these alternatives to slip into dreamland easily tonight.

Breathe. You don't have to be a professional yogi to pay attention to your breathing. Short meditation can help you calm your mind before settling into bed. To do this, sit up in bed with your legs crossed, or however feels most comfortable. Close your eyes, rest your hands on your thighs and just breathe for a few minutes. While you don't necessarily have to actually meditate, allow yourself the time to focus on the ins and outs of your breath.

Stretch it out. You can do nearly any stretching exercise at bedtime, but the way you hold a position is what gives it the relaxing effect mentally and physically.

While many stretches can be relaxing, you might consider using a nighttime yoga guide to adopt some particularly soothing yoga poses. We love Rodney Yee’s AM/PM Yoga For Beginners DVD, which really helps your transition from a busy business day into a peaceful, calm evening.

Lie down. Eventually, you should transition into stretching exercises that can be done lying down. Try lying back on your pillows and pulling each knee to your chest individually, breathing a few times during each stretch.

You can incorporate any of your favorite sitting or lying yoga poses into your bedtime routine, just remember that the stretches you do before bed should be very gentle. Instead of energizing you, this approach can release the tension in your body, making it easier for you to relax into sleep.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing