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30
Jul

Sleeping Posture

Ever wake up with a really sore back?  Or do you wake up like that every morning?  Has anyone ever asked you if your mattress is saggy?  I’ve been treating someone who has a tendency to fall asleep in his recliner at night and just stay there all night.  This is bad.  His friend was there when my patient was talking about this and the friend said “when you wake up in the morning all your muscles are all in weird positions.”  The reason you would feel pain in your back after sleeping in a recliner or on a saggy mattress actually has very little to do with your muscles, it’s what you’re doing to your spine, putting your spine in those bad positions at night.  When your mattress is real saggy, you sleep all night and your spine looks like this……better-position-soft-top1

Or the third picture in this chart but you want it to look like the top picture here…..

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Beautiful….mattress3

So you might wanna think about getting a new mattress if you always wake up with back pain.  I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have back pain in the morning if you sleep in a recliner, unless you’re relatively young.

So if you sleep like this all night….imageswhich is how my patient sleeps with no regard whatsoever to posture or ergonomics, you’re gonna wake up with back pain.  You spend 8 hours like that all scrunched up and your spine all flexed, that’s terrible for your back and will cause pain in the morning.  So don’t do that.

Of course, there are always exceptions and there always will be reasons you’re told to sleep a different way or in a recliner or whatever, but for the average Joe, these scenarios should be temporary and you should take my advice given above.

But I had a stroke so don’t take my advice.

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29
Jul

Empathy Cards

I shared this site with someone on my Facebook page a few months ago and just realized I very much need to share it here. These are the kinds of things to say to someone who is going through something awful. If you tell someone “everything happens for a reason” or “it’s all part of God’s plan” or “God won’t give you more than you can handle” or “you should be grateful you can still….”  or ” you should do this or that…”  or “you should feel this or that” or if someone talked to you about something and all you ever do is try to one up that person by telling them that you know how they feel because you’ve been through much worse(thinking of multiple specific people here who ALWAYS did that to me) – the person you said those things to is probably secretly plotting your death.