Stress is literally the worst. Thing. Ever. And when it interferes with your sleep schedule? Oh, hell no — that is simply something I cannot, and will not, stand for. That's why knowing a few exercises that help you fall asleep for when anxiety is trying to keep you awake is an absolute must.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, making physical activity a priority in your schedule will help you sleep longer and more soundly when you lay down at the end of the day. But if you're already making gains on the reg and your brain is still going in circles when it comes time to hit the pillow, adding a few, low-impact, simple exercises that can be done right alongside your bed will help prepare you for that quality, serene slumber.
If you're thinking this sounds counterintuitive, and that working out a little prior to bedtime will keep you awake even longer, that's actually a total myth. Men's Health reports that busting out a few exercises in the comfort of your room will increase your body heat and relax your muscles. However, remember that it's best to have a slightly cooler body temperature right before you go to sleep, so if you work up a sweat doing some of these exercises, consider taking a quick, lukewarm shower to cool down a bit.
The next time stressful vibes are fighting to keep you awake and disrupt your snooze, try these five exercises to help you unwind and prepare for a totally blissful slumber.