Sleeping, relaxing, eating... day-to-day for everyone
Sofas are often cited as an aggravator of low back pain. If your sofa or chair is low or very soft, try using cushions to both raise the seat height and support your back. Putting your feet up and then reading a book is also not a great position for our spines to be in for any length of time as it puts strain through the neck and back muscles and flattens out two of our spinal curves.
Considering how much time we spend in our beds, choosing a bed and mattress that offers the right level of support is important to maximise our rest time and ensure we wake ready for the day. As we are all different shapes, weights and sizes, trying several mattresses before buying is essential. The ideal mattress will offer enough support that you don't either sink into it or rest like a plank of wood on the top.
Regarding pillows, I am often asked how many pillows is the right number and my advice is to use as many or few as you need to keep your head in line with the rest of your body. The number of pillows will depend on how thick or thin your pillows are, how you prefer to sleep, back, side or front and how broad your shoulders are. For example a petite person sleeping on her back may only need one pillow where a large man with broad shoulders sleeping on his side, may need two or three.
Dining room chairs and tables If you have a chance to choose your dining room chairs it's worth making sure that not only are they comfortable but that they also offer enough back support to sit well whilst eating. Often with dining room chairs it's more about the look and affordability but trust me, comfort and good back support is also important or guests won't want to stay for long!
One other thing to bear in mind about dining room tables is that they are generally higher than office desks which makes it difficult to sit comfortably with good posture. If you need to work from home it's best to find a different surface that is slightly lower.
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