Hands up if you’ve been pulling a 5 am to 12 pm sleep schedule.

Since we are all been trapped in the COVID-19 confinements, our sleeping schedules have been going downhill. If you’re also struggling to fall asleep, then our favourite fitness trainer and influencer, Kayla Itsines, has advised some relaxing stretches to do before bedtime to help us snooze better.

Kayla, who is known for creating the hugely popular SWEAT fitness app, shared her advice on Instagram on Sunday for trying to improve sleep, particularly right now when she says we are all facing increased levels of stress.

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SLEEP TIME ROUTINE #BBGathome #SWEATathome ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I sleep well, I wake up energised and hungry, so I KNOW straight away if I’ve had a bad sleep because I might wake up with a headache, not feel hungry or have no energy to get out of bed. #BBGcommunity we are all facing increased levels of stress right now, which means getting a good night’s sleep has never been more important, but for many of us I know this is now more difficult than ever (particularly for any new #BBGmums with bubs at home). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Including a stretch into routine before bed can not only help you to relax your body but can also give your mind time wind down. This is one of my favourite night time stretch routines! Save this video and try and complete it once through, every day for a week before bed. Let me know how you go in the comments! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ www.kaylaitsines.com/BBGatHome

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If you’re struggling to switch off, then stretching before bed can help relax both body and mind, says Kayla, who shared one of her favourite nighttime stretch routines in a short video. Kayla uses a foam roller and resistance band to stretch the calves and hamstrings but stretches such as knees-to-chest and child’s pose don’t require any equipment at all. She says the routine will take you less than ten minutes and to try to complete it before bed every day for a week to see if it works for you.

This article is published via AFP Relaxnews.

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