4 ways knitting helps you sleep better
Is there no end to the benefits of knitting? Knitting will help you sleep, and here’s some proof that might make you crack a smile (and break out the needles).
Knitting helps you sleep? You betcha!
From the time we are young, we are taught to count sheep when we can’t sleep. The slow, methodical, focused counting leads most into dreamland in no time at all – but for some, thinking about that super soft merino wool jumping over fences is a different kind of relaxation. Instead of counting sheep, we count potential knitwear. “One sweater, two hats, three pairs of cabled gloves…”
We’ve posted before on the health benefits of knitting, and how knitting can help people deal with mental health problems. The reason that knitting helps in these ways is that it is meditative in nature, requiring focus and repetetive hand movements that clear the mind. If you’re stressed and overwhelmed, you probably won’t be sleeping – take 20 minutes out of your bedtime routine to knit a few rows and get ready for good dreams.
Sleeping on hand-knitted bedding is deliciously relaxing
Though no scientific studies have been done (that we’re aware of), it’s a pretty sure thing that you’ll sleep better under blankets that you knit yourself, on pillows with super soft covers that match your bedroom. There’s something calming and relaxing about climbing into bed with something you made yourself, and knitters know that most of all.
A stitch in time saves you a night of insomnia
Studies have shown that laying in bed while you can’t sleep can make insomnia worse and lead to chronic sleeplessness. Scientists suggest that tossing and turning for more than 20 minutes can disrupt your sleep cycle! Instead of getting frustrated and performing sleep math (for example: “If I fall asleep in 10 minutes I can still get 5 hours of sleep!”), get up and knit a few rows to clear your head. For an added bonus, listen to a white noise app while you do it.
Caution: don’t knit complicated things while tired! Your sleep-knitting should be plain garter or stocking stitch. Learn from our mistakes!
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Last updated: April 7th, 2016.