Most of us have the same feeling while getting up in the morning. Our eyes are still droopy, we feel a sense of fatigue, the bed feels like it will just engulf us and we keep hitting the snooze button only to get irritated every time the alarm rings. We still get up and plan to catch 20 winks during our ride to the office or after having lunch. We also plan to sleep till late on weekends and sometimes we do but then Monday arrives and we are back to square one. If you think that catching up on the lost sleep during the daytime will make up for it then you couldn’t be more wrong. Doing a bit of exercise can help you instead. Don’t believe us? Then read on to be enlightened and have a good night tonight. On the occasion of World Sleep Day, the annual event which is organised since 2008 by the World Sleep Day Committee of the World Sleep Society, let’s pledge to snooze less and sleep better.

Cardio Workout

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Get your heart all active with aerobic exercises such as running, brisk walking, swimming and cycling to see the difference. If you can’t workout for prolonged periods at least aim to do the workouts for 10 minutes each day.

Yoga And Meditation

yoga for sleeping

Proven to calm the mind, yoga and meditation work wonders to reduce stress which in turn helps you sleep earlier and sans any breaks in between. Try breathing exercises to slow down the heart so that you feel less restless. Doing the half frog pose, reclining bound angle pose, wind relieving pose, supported reclining twist and finally the corpse pose can also help in driving away insomnia.

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Strength Training

Yes! Building those muscles can tire you out but that also means that you will have a restful night’s sleep. Start with bicep curls, planking, lunges, squats and move on to working out with weights to stay fit and sleep like a log throughout the night.

When Should You Workout?

Earlier, people used to work out during the day thinking that it would mean quality sleep at night. But according to a recent research by the Institute Of Human Movement Sciences And Sport, working out four hours before sleeping can have a positive effect on the body. So playing a sport, going swimming, doing strength training or yoga in the evening is the best bet to avoid day time napping and stay fit. You can do the upside down relaxation pose with your legs propped up against the wall or do stretching exercises like child pose and goddess stretch before tuning in to sleep.

So what are you waiting for, try these workouts tonight and sleep well to stay healthy and happy. Also, don’t forget to share your experiences with us on Facebook at HerZindagi. For more wellness tips, diet and nutrition tips and healthy habits stay tuned.

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