Picture this scenario: It’s 10 o’clock on a Monday morning, and you really didn’t do much over the weekend. You had plenty of time to sleep, rest, and get your body rejuvenated to face the activities of the upcoming week.
Now, it’s Monday morning, and as soon as you settle down to your work, you begin to feel sluggish, you find it hard to concentrate, your brain even feels foggy, you are tired, you feel like sleeping, and everything else that makes you unproductive. But you just had plenty of sleep last night (and over the weekend), what is happening?
Now, we wouldn’t be too concerned about this scenario, if all is well with you health-wise, but when you begin to feel the same way repeatedly, then it’s a cause for concern. And in this article, you are going to learn why it happens, why your solution has never been working, and may never work, the health implications, and the simple things you can do today to remedy the situation.
A number of factors may be responsible for this, but, as you must have noticed, this is the first part in this series of articles, and in today’s article, we are going to be focusing on your chair.
Sitting for too long
Do you sit for extended periods of time at a stretch – working, watching television, or doing anything? This is a very big contributor to why you feel drowsy in the morning, even though you may be feeling very energetic. But before you run off and say: “Okay, I better reduce my sitting time, or start exercising.” I got a shocker for you. Exercising will not fix the problem. And neither will reducing your sitting time solve the backlog of your prolonged sitting. I am speaking from personal experience, and case studies have revealed the same. So sit tight, by all means stand, if you can, and make sure you read this article to the very end.
First, a bit of my personal story. For many year now, I have been working from home. What this basically means is that when I’m up and done with my normal morning chores, the next thing is to fire-up my laptop and get some useful, money-fetching things done. Maybe sit at my laptop for about 6 hours.
If it’s a less busy day for me, I would spend far less time. And by my reckoning, most days are far less busy, because, there’s no fixed working schedule, meaning that I am free to take breaks whenever I want to (which I always do), and even have days when I decide not to even do anything for days at a stretch.
But little did I know that even this seemingly brief time I spent sitting at my desk was taking a toll on me. I began to observe a pattern of always feeling sleepy anytime I sit down to work, especially in the morning when I am supposed to be most energized for the day.
Well, I didn’t give it much thought, because I am a very physically active person. I exercise most of the time. So, I drew up an exercise routine, and quickly got down to work, assuming that I was working out less at the time. But my exercises weren’t paying any dividends. I would finish exercising (usually do this first thing in the morning, right after I use the bathroom), I continued to feel foggy-brained and drowsy anytime I sat down to work. Needless to say, this led to reduced concentration and low productivity.
As you would imagine, the very next thing I did was to find out what was really happening. I did an extensive research and discovered I’m about to share in the remainder of this article.
Back in August of 2014, a group of Canadian researchers did an analysis to quantify the association between sedentary time and hospitalizations, all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer in adults independent of physical activity.
According to their report, more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting: watching television, working at a computer, commuting, or doing other physically inactive pursuits. And over the course of 47 different case studies, examining the health effects of sedentary behavior, or sitting down for extended periods of time, they discovered that people who sat for prolonged periods of time had a higher risk of dying from all causes – including those who exercised regularly.
The negative effects were even more pronounced in people who did little or no exercise. And while doctors previously thought that the dangers of inactivity was mostly impacting on cardiovascular (blood circulatory) health, this new study revealed a bunch of negative side effects.
According to Dr. James Levine, author of the book “Get Up! Why Your Chair Is Killing You and What You Can Do About It,” when you stop moving for extended periods of time, it’s like telling your body it’s time to shut down and prepare for death. And here are some of the things that happen to your organs:
* brain function slows down. Your brain gets less fresh blood and oxygen, which are needed to trigger the release of brain- and mood-enhancing chemicals.
* blood flows slower and muscles burn less fat, which makes it easier for fatty acids to clog your heart.
* your body’s ability to respond to insulin is affected by just one day of excess sitting, and this can lead to diabetes.
* due to the inability to flush toxins, the risk of colon, breast, and uterus cancers are increased.
* straining of your cervical vertebrae along with permanent imbalances, lead to neck strain, sore shoulders, and back and waist pain.
More bad news
If you just studied the image above and think you could start doing something today, here’s some more shocker. Scientists believe that people who have been prone to repeated sitting, for years, may have done a lasting damage to their bodies as a result of sitting down all day.
According to Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D.:
“Even within physically active individuals, there was a strong association between sitting and risk of mortality… This is an important observation because it suggests that high amounts of sitting cannot be compensated for with occasional leisure time physical activity even if the amount exceeds the current minimum physical activity recommendations.”
And according to Dr. Levine,
“The nature of the human body was to be active and moving all day. The body was never designed to be crammed into a chair where all of these cellular mechanisms get switched off. Obviously we’re supposed to rest from time to time. But that rest is supposed to break up the activity. It’s not supposed to be the way of life. This very unnatural [sitting] posture is not only bad for your back, your wrists, your arms, and your metabolism, but it actually switches off the fundamental fueling systems that integrate what’s going on in the bloodstream with what goes on in the muscles and in the tissues.
As a consequence of that, blood sugar levels are inappropriately high in people who sit. The blood pressure is inappropriately high, the cholesterol handling is inappropriately high, and those toxins, those growth factors that will potentially lead to cancer, particularly breast cancer, are elevated in those people who sit too much.”
If you have been following from the onset, this is the reason why it was difficult for me to get over my mid-morning drowsiness, no matter how much I exercised. My body functions were slowing down, and compounding the more, the longer I sat. And the damage gets so bad that even exercising couldn’t remedy the situation.
So what did I do?
I did 3 very important things, which are what you should do as well, if you sit down for prolonged periods of time (3, 4, 5, and even more hours at a stretch, day in, day, out.) And if you don’t experience any of the mentioned symptoms of prolonged sitting, it’s only a matter of time before you will start experiencing them. The effect accumulates over the years, and it gets to the breaking point when common remedies like standing to compensate for the times you’ve sat, may not work. And even exercising may not work as well.
1. Obviously, I had to reduce the amount of time I spent sitting down. I researched further and discovered that it was better, and within healthy limits to sit no longer than 2 hours at a stretch, and then take a 15-minute break. If you want to do better, you should sit for 60 minutes, and take a 5-minute break. You can create your own schedule, but don’t sit down for extended periods of time. And listen to your body as you sit. Any sort of discomfort, like a slight back pain may be a signal to adjust your posture properly, or even stand up for a while.
2. Alternate sitting and standing. If you work in a setting like mine, that requires extended sitting, then you need to device ways of alternating your sitting and standing while you work. I had to get a high desk that allows me to also work on my laptop while standing.
3. Correct the backlog of the effects of years of prolonged sitting. While an irreparable damage had been done to my system, the next best thing to do was to counter the effect of the combined hours of sitting down through the years. And it wasn’t hard to solve this problem because the Forever brand already had a unique product for that problem.
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