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Last Updated on December 16, 2020

You Spend 5 Hours Sitting Every Day, Make Sure You Sit Up Properly

You Spend 5 Hours Sitting Every Day, Make Sure You Sit Up Properly

If you are sitting right now, how’s your posture and your back, hunched over, right?What about your neck – does it hurt?

When not sitting on your cozy office chair, relaxing at the café with a friend, following your favorite TV show at home or driving from work, you are probably seated on a bench somewhere. Sittingis the activity we all do for at least NINE HOURS every day!

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Science shows that one of the things that hamper our good mood, happiness, optimism, and productivity is the poor posture seats subject us to. Worse yet, a poor posture affect blood circulation, spider veins and bring unnecessary stress to the back.

Due to how we sit, over 80% of the whole American population will suffer from back pains later in life, not to mention the 31 million of them experiencing it right now. Yet, there’s no real cure for back pains to date – NOT EVEN ONE, and the only solution is preventing it.

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Yes, We Do Need Help With Our Sitting Postures

After spending a massive sum and money, curing terrible back pain with no success, Katherine Krug opted to improve her posture on her own. Along with her team of designers, prototypers and dozens of people suffering from hurting backs, she embarked on creating a simple solution that realigns the spine back to its position for immediate relief.

She created BetterBack, a product that zips itself into a handy, portable case. Unpacking it is a snap, and you just throw it around your back and the knee straps around the knees. Adjust it to a better position by pulling the straps and sit comfortably for as long as you want!

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    BetterBack is a small, portable and reliable ‘magical’ solution that can be worn for as little as 15 minutes before it reverses your hurting back to its normal posture. It allows you to painlessly sit in perfect position and eases back pain while preventing it.

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    Incredibly, it is so small, lightweight, yet ingenious and adjustable that it can make any chair ergonomic. BetterBack forces the body to sit down with an upright pose for as long as you will remain seated. And eventually, it eventually retrains your body’s default posture, thus eliminating back pains forever.

    How This Little Pack Saved Us From Bad Sitting Postures

    It is water-resistant with comfortable corners, a zipper, tough, custom straps and skip-resistant knee pads. Those who’ve used it, give it a positive review and a thumbs-up, including the many Amazon reviews like what Carlos said:

    Fantastic product. Used it for many weeks with great results, unfortunately I need to purchase another one. I went on family trip and left it behind for others to enjoy!! Thank you.”

    BetterBack is available on Amazon for $59 only. You can place your order today!

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    Last Updated on January 11, 2021

    The Best Way to Sleep to Relieve the 7 Most Common Ailments

    The Best Way to Sleep to Relieve the 7 Most Common Ailments

    We sleep for about 9,000 days or 210,000 hours throughout our lifetime, and guess what? Many of us do it wrong!

    Yes, there’s a right way and a wrong way to sleep. Sleeping in the wrong position can cause everything from lower back pain and frozen shoulder to wrinkles, neck pain and a stiff jaw.

    Here are 7 of the most common ailments caused by sleeping in the wrong position and the best way to sleep.

    1. Lower Back Pain

    If your lower back is bothering you when you wake up in the morning, your sleep position may have something to do with it.

    The first thing the Cleveland Clinic suggests you do, is get yourself a firm mattress that doesn’t sag, with a firm box spring.[1]

    Next, choose a position that best mimics the natural curvature in your spine. Positions to try include sleeping on your back with a lumbar roll under the small of your back and a pillow under your knees.

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    Another position to try is sleeping on your side with your knees slightly bent. When sleeping on your side you may also want to try putting a pillow between your knees. You do not want to pull your knees all the way up to your chest in the fetal position.

    The worst position for your lower back is sleeping on your stomach. If you’ve been doing it for awhile, it may be hard to get out of the habit, but it will be well worth the effort!

    2. Neck Pain

    If you have neck pain, the two best positions to sleep in are on your back or on your side.

    However, that comes with a caveat. According to Harvard, you’ll also need to select the right pillow.[2] The best pillow is a down pillow the conforms to the shape of your neck. Alternatively, you may also want to try a pillow with memory foam that conforms to the shape of your neck and back.

    Regardless, you don’t want to use a pillow that is too high or stiff, placing your head or neck in an unnatural position and causing it to flex throughout the night.

    3. Heart Burn or Acid Reflux

    Fall asleep in the wrong position and stomach acids can slip into your esophagus, causing major heart burn. The worst positions for acid reflux are sleeping on your back, your stomach or your right side.

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    That leaves sleeping on your left side as the best position to avoid sleep time heart burn. Why does it work? Because sleeping on your left side keeps the junction of the stomach and the esophagus above the level of the gastric acid. This prevents the stomach acid from leaking into the esophagus, which is the cause of the “burn” and discomfort.

    This video by Dr. Mandell provides a good visual explanation:

    4. Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    Do snoring and sleep apnea really impact your health? You bet they do.

    Having your sleep interrupted throughout the night over extended periods of time could have long term health implications, as well as leave you constantly tired throughout the day.

    Snoring and sleep apnea are typically caused by collapsed airways, leading to pauses in breathing. Both sleeping on your side or on your stomach can help your airways stay open and reduce snoring and mild apnea.

    However, because sleeping on your stomach is so bad for your lower back, I’d recommend first seeing if sleeping on your side will solve the problem.

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    5. Wrinkles

    You know when you wake up with lines and creases across your cheeks after sleeping with the side of your face on your pillow? Well it may not be temporary after all. They’re called sleep wrinkles and research has shown they can affect your forehead, lips and cheeks![3]

    Sleep wrinkles are cause by sleeping on your stomach or your side, which causes facial distortions. To avoid facial distortions while sleeping, try sleeping on your back – it’s just one more reason sleeping on your back is preferred.

    6. Shoulder Pain

    Ever wake up and you can barely move your shoulder? You may not want to put the blame on your game of squash or workout from the day before. The culprit maybe the way you sleep.

    Specifically, if sleep on your side, the weight of your body on your shoulder, or of your head on your upper arm places a lot of stress on your shoulder’s tendons, causing inflammation and stiffness.

    Shifting to your opposite side, may just cause pain in your other shoulder over time. One again, the easiest solution is to sleep on your back.

    7. Jaw Pain

    Ever wake up in the morning with a sore jaw? Chances are, you’ve either been grinding your teeth, or you’ve been sleeping on the side of your face causing.

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    If you’re grinding your teeth, you should definitely see your dentist and see if he can make a mouth guard, to help protect your teeth. Regardless, sleeping on your side puts additional pressure on the joints of your jaw and the jaw itself. Once again, the solution is to sleep on your back!

    The Bottom Line

    Getting a good night’s sleep is hard enough. Having to worry about it causing you pain should be the least of your worries.

    Follow the advice above and see if it helps you avoid some of the unintended perils of sleeping in the wrong position.

    Featured photo credit: Charles Deluvio via unsplash.com

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