Can Pilates Make You A Better Night’s Sleep?

Pilates, Posture, Blog, / By Koh Peh Chia

Playing mobile games and scrolling through social media platforms may be the usual routine for most people before they can fall asleep at night. In fact, Many people have become light sleepers or insomnia nowaday due to stress, endless thoughts, screen addiction and many other reasons.

You may have tried many ways to help you sleep like meditation, avoid social media, taking pills and others. And If you still find it does not really work on you, here is good news that Pilates can eventually help for better sleep, even deeper.

Why Can Pilates Make You A Better Night’s Sleep?

1. Pilates Breathing calm your mind

We all are tired and can’t wait to climb on the bed after a long day. But the endless thoughts in our minds can make us awake. At this moment, all we need is a calm mind. Pilates is one of the most highly recommended types of movement to help center and calm your mind. We know that breathing is the core essence of Pilates. It not only helps us to facilitate our deep core muscles, but also rewinds our mind. 

By incorporating Pilates moves into your nightly routine, you allow yourself to let go of those thoughts darting around your mind about the day and focus on your mind-body connection.

2. Stretch out your tension, improve circulation 

Furthermore, sitting at our desks or in our cars all day tightens our bodies up, making it actually more difficult to physically release the day and get comfortable in bed. By adding some pilates moves which include stretching and rolling will help lengthen out every part of your body, opening up the joints, stretching the muscles and improving circulation. Hence it boosts your sleep duration and quality of sleep.

How To Set Your Sleeping Environment?

The Pilates Inventor, Joseph Pilates recommended to some tips to get a better sleep beyond his Pilates exercises.

  1. The room should be bool, quiet, well ventilated and dark
  2. The mattress should be firm
  3. Avoid bulky pillows
  4. Use the lightest covering to be warm

But beyond those tips for physical sleep environment, Joseph Pilates says the most important element of better and deeper sleep is mental calm.

We hope this article has been useful for you. Should you have any questions, as always, our therapists will be more than happy to help you here. Do check out our other blog posts on various topics.

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