Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Is it good to stretch before bedtime? Why? Are you planning bedtime acrobatics? No, not really. I heard that stretching can help you sleep. If you were going for a late night run or working out at 10 PM, then stretching can help you wind down before going to sleep. If you’ve been going slow all evening, stretching may wake up muscles. I’ve heard that there are stretches that can help you go to sleep at night. Really easy yoga lets you fall asleep during the meditation portions, too. You can relax during those portions, but you’re not supposed to sleep. Well, that’s what happens to me. If that’s not your cup of tea, try the cone stretch and arch and curl to unwind. Someone told me to do spinal twists and wall straddles, but that doesn’t seem likely to help unless I have a tight back. How many people do spinal twists in bed anyway as they toss and turn? I heard that knee hugs stretch out your body and relax things so you can sleep. But I might fall asleep laying on the floor before I have the energy to pull my knees to my chest. Use the cat cow poses to loosen your back if the shoulders and back are tense. Which one is the cat? I have no idea, but doing the upward arch and spinal curve down counts as a whole cycle, so then you’d have done both. Some of these poses are just short of the dead bug pose in terms of naming. I had a yoga instructor say you should bring your knees to your chest, wrap your arms around them and rock back and forth. Was that supposed to help your back muscles or ease tension in the legs? I thought it was a back exercise until she announced, “You’re hugging yourself! You’re loving yourself!” I’d have fallen over laughing at that point. We’re already rolling around on the ground, so it’s a convenient pose if you feel that way. I’ll try of the few you recommended. If it doesn’t work, I will watch yoga videos to relax from relief I am not doing that.