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MASTER THE MOVE EXERCISES TO HELP YOU SNOOZE

It’s scientifically proven that Pilates can improve sleep – so try this simple slumber-inducing routine at bedtime
DO T HE BASICS RIGHT
Words: Laura Potter. Photographs: iStock

There’s plenty of half-hearted advice based on the idea that ‘stretching before bed’ can ease you into effortless slumber, but we prefer cold, hard evidence. And two recent studies have shown that Pilates really can make a difference. The first saw postpartum women – who we know can suffer major sleep problems – doing a home-based, 30-minute Pilates routine five times a week. After eight weeks they showed significant improvement in sleep quality, time taken to drop off and daytime sleepiness as well as their Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index score, a sevencategory measure of sleep quality. The other was among elderly people, significant because sleep quality declines with age. They performed twiceweekly 30-minute Pilates sessions for 12 weeks and saw improvements in both sleep and quality of life.

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Have you thought about your sleep recently? It’s one of the key pillars of our wellbeing, which is why we’ve delved into all things bedtime this issue. Inside, you’ll find simple, science-backed fixes to all your sleep worries, from insomnia to snoring, plus our body clock training plan and moves to help you snooze. We investigate whether fat really deserves its bad rep, uncover the intricacies of the placebo effect, and explore 2019’s biggest wellness trend: blue health. Plus, our food section champions light Easter bakes, three beauty experts dish on their bedtime routines, and Jess Ennis-Hill talks family and fitness since retiring. Find all this and more in the brand new issue of Healthy!