Have you ever wondered why that first stretch in bed when you wake up feels so good? You may do it intuitively or out of habit, but the truth is there are actual health benefits behind it. Let’s take a closer look.
Releases Muscle Tension
During sleep, your muscles are in a state of relaxation for an extended period, which can lead to stiffness. Stretching helps to gently wake the muscles, release the built-up tension, and increase blood flow.
Breaks the Body’s State of Inertia
When you sleep, your body goes into a state of rest and repair. While this is crucial for health, it also means that your body’s systems are operating at a lower level of activity. Stretching helps to signal the body that it’s time to move from this state of rest into one of activity. It starts your metabolism and prepares your body for the day ahead, making you feel more awake and alert.
Finally, stretching can release endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. These endorphins can help boost your mood and create a sense of well-being, setting a positive tone for the rest of the day. This can be especially helpful if you’re not a morning person.