Can Sleeping Make You Grow Taller?

I slept a lot, like every teenager does. Okay, well, maybe a little more than a lot. Personally, my growth was probably stunted by either a lot of coffee (yes that is possible, so be wary) or my hypothyroidism. However, I always dreamed of being able to grow a few inches taller, or at least taller than my younger sister. We are here now though to tell you that this lore is in fact, well, a fact. So the next time you snuggle up in bed or tuck your little one in, keep this information in mind.

I’m not saying you should spend all of your time in bed, but it might not be that bad of an idea. For an adult in their early to late 20s, we need at least 7-9 hours of sleep. Preferably the 8 hour mark in between. Unfortunately, most of us barely even get 6 hours of blissful sleep. Right now, we are stressing that if you really want to increase your height, then you have to catch more Z’s. Basically what it comes down to is that when you lay down in bed, your body is no longer compressed, so it expands.

However, once you stand up and move around our good old friend gravity starts bringing you down. Another important aspect is getting the proper exercise, in order to maintain the proper expansion you need to strengthen your vertebrae with exercise. Did you think we were done? Not even close. There is yet another important thing that you need to consider, and that is having a good mattress. If it is too soft, or sags too much then it definitely is not right. It could also be why your parents don’t sleep in the same room, I know this is why mind don’t.

Moving on! Our next topic is pillows. Yes, pillows. As someone that sleeps with around 3-5 pillows daily, I am definitely guilty of this. When you use a pillow, your neck bends in an unnatural position. Your neck isn’t the only body part bending at an unnatural angle either, your back is too. It ends up arching into an uncomfortable position while you sleep. Many of us probably blame these aches and pains on our pillows and mattress, however, that blame is misdirected. When you sleep in this position your body subconsciously maintains this unnatural position rather than straightening it out.

If you haven’t clued in yet that pillows are not your friends, then try sleeping without one. I know it will be hard, but just try it out. Now, this is getting harder. If you tend to flop around in bed like I do, this might not be the simplest task for you to do. You need to sleep on your back basically coffin-like in order for this pattern to be broken.

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