Science: Why Stretching Feels So Good In The Morning

 Stretching right before or after you get out of bed feels very nice, but did you ever wonder why? First of all, when you stretch your arms over your head while yawning you’re actually doing a specific thing called “pandiculating.” Science has proven this movement helps you wake up. SciShow’s Hank Green says since you lie in the same position for most of the night, your body becomes stiff, and you naturally feel the need to move things around a bit after you wake up. Science writer Luis Villazon explains morning stretching by saying, “When you sleep, your muscles lose tone and fluid tends to pool along your back. Stretching helps to massage fluid gently back into the normal position.” But, don’t go stretch-crazy as soon as you wake up. Physical therapist Nicholas Licameli says before doing static stretches you should do a light warm up, as it’s not good to statically stretch ‘cold’ muscles. (Elite Daily