Bedtime Yoga Stretches for Better Sleep
Published Jan 19, 2017, Updated May 01, 2019
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Seven bedtime yoga stretches to help you relax your body before bed. These restorative poses will calm your mind, relieve tension and have you ready to crawl into bed for a full night’s rest.
How many hours of sleep did you get last night? Did you wake up feeling rested? I’m asking because one of the big habits I recommend to clients is getting at least seven hours of sleep every night. In theory it seems pretty easy, but it’s amazing how many people are truly struggling with getting enough sleep.
And sleep is important for so many reasons including regulation of hormones, stress reduction, weight less and more. Check out this post about the health benefits of sleep for full details.
There are a ton of different suggestions for how to get more sleep, ways to shut down your mind and helpful tips for falling asleep. I could easily give you a list of these things but I wanted to provide something tangible so I put together this set of relaxing bedtime yoga stretches to help you fall asleep at night. Added bonus, quite a few of them can be done in bed!
Yoga not only lowers stress levels, but it also helps relieves tension in the body and calms the mind so it’s such a good way to end the day and prepare your body for full relaxation (a.k.a. SLEEPING). I love all of these poses, but you can work your way through them and find which ones you enjoy most. And don’t worry about doing them in a specific order. Just try them all out and do what works for you!
If you’re unfamiliar with any of these poses, check out the links below for full details on how to do them! For pigeon, supine twist and figure 4 be sure to do both sides of your body!
- forward fold and ragdoll — this pose has so many amazing benefits. It stretches the hamstrings, hips and calves while calming the brain to relieve stress and tension in the body. It can also help reduce anxiety and insomnia.
- pigeon — this is wonderful for people who sit all day as it really stretches the hips. That said, it can be really intense for those with tight hip flexors. If this pose isn’t in the cards for you, supine figure 4 (below) is a great option.
- supine twist — this relaxed twist feels so good! It helps to realign and lengthen the spine, brings fluid to the spinal disks and stretches the back.
- supine figure 4 — stretches the quads, hamstrings and hips
- reclining goddess — this pose is especially lovely for women as it improves circulation and helps relieve symptoms of stress, mild depression, menstruation and menopause. Notice how big my smile is in this pose. 🙂
- child’s pose — also called resting pose, this pose calms the mind to help relieve stress while stretching the hips, thighs and ankles.
- shavasana/savasana — also called corpse pose, this is the ultimate relaxation pose.
PS — Need a yoga routine for when you wake up? Check out this quick and easy 10 minute morning yoga sequence. The power of doing yoga each morning is seriously amazing.