So many of us don’t give our posture much thought. It is a far cry from the old days when our grandparents teachers use to chide them for bad posture while sitting at their school desks.
Does that mean that good posture is no longer important? Of course not.
It may seem silly, but good posture is very important for our health in so many ways.
Don’t worry, I am not going to recommend some strange workouts to have your spine in alignment.
In fact, I am going to recommend that you fix your posture while you sleep.
What could be easier than that?
In this article I am going to help you understand why you need to worry about your posture. Then I will guide you through how to fix bad posture while you rest.
Benefits of good posture
Standing up straight isn’t just a measure of how mannered you are. It is a way to stay healthy. Good posture has a lot of health benefits we rarely think about.
- Keeps the joints straight. When your joints are straight, your blood flows to the muscles and keeps them working properly. If you have ever done any yoga or pilates then you no doubt have gotten a lesson in the importance of keeping blood flowing through your joints.
- Decreases stress on the ligaments. When you get older your joints get very achy. One of the reasons is because our joints have been stressed for so long that the ligaments are strained. To prevent things like arthritis in the hips and knees, good posture is essential.
- Prevents fatigue. When your muscles work efficiently, then you are less likely to be tired physically and have aches and pains. You also use less energy so you don’t get overtired from simple movements.
Sleep your way to better posture
The best way to use sleeping to improve your posture is to find the right mattress. You’ll need your mattress to allow for your spine to curve naturally. Instead of placing a pillow under your knees then use a mattress that allows your pressure points to sink in slightly to the mattress while providing support at the same time.
A personalized mattress will essential to align your spine. Side sleepers and back sleepers will have different pressure points and need different areas of support.
The most important thing is to find a mattress that is soft enough to not put pressure on your joints while being firm enough that you don’t sink too far into the cushion.
Remember that mattresses should be replaced every 10 years or so. If you find yourself in a sagging mattress this is hurting your posture. This is a good time to think about replacing one.
Look for a mattress that has different layers for support and individually wrapped coils to conform to your body. Everybody is different so the mattress is not going to be a one size fits all scenario.
Of course, your mattress is only one way to achieve good posture. Make sure you are mindful of how you stand when you are awake to improve it further.
Thank you for reading.
*Disclaimer – This is a guest article*