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"paleo" living arrangements

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 25, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Hello

I am moving to a new appartment, and have to redo my living arrangement. I would like some input how one might improve the furniture to accomodate better posture.

Specifically I read quite a lot. Mostly I read lying in bed with an extra pillow to prop up the head. I am not sure this is very good for the posture, also it is not very comfortable. I have been trying to figure out how to get a better solution for a comfortable reading position which does lead to slumping etc.

I have been experimenting with sitting cross legged for a period of time, though my inflexibility in the hips really hasn't allowed full transition to a more on the floor living arrangement.

I have also been trying a standing desk, which works to some extent, but I do not find it comfortable for reading.

Of course, I have also tried a stability ball, which probably is better than a standard chair, but again does not quite cut it.

Along these lines I did come across this webpage: http://www.zafu.net/articles.html

I am familiar with Esther Gokhale, and her approach which is highly recommended. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Steps-Pain-Free-Back-Solutions-Shoulder/dp/0979303605/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332678750&sr=8-1

Any suggestions?

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on June 19, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Reading is not paleo.

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on June 05, 2012
at 02:13 PM

@RR - I used to sleep on my side too and usually has stiff shoulders in the morning, when I started sleeping on the floor I trained myself to sleep on my back and have not has stiff shoulders since. I had to put a pillow on either side of me for about 2 weeks to train myself to sleep on my back.

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on June 04, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Josh, what position do you sleep in? I have tried sleeping on my side (usual position) on a lightly padded hard floor before and can't fall asleep because of pressure on my shoulder and hip, and I don't know what to do with my head.

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on June 04, 2012
at 08:42 PM

i was looking at the "zen office" on zafu.net just the other day as an option/addition to my standing desk situation. if you like the meditation style stuff, this place has some options as well (no financial interest): http://www.samadhicushions.com/

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on March 26, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Sleeping on the floor seems very interesting... do you maybe any more info how it affects us and if its beneficial

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on March 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Yes, I have been toying around with this also. I can sleep on super hard surfaces, but I usually suffer some discomfort from this. Although I do have trouble sleeping on soft beds. It is all about finding just the right softness I suppose.

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on March 25, 2012
at 03:26 PM

well, I have read that study as well.

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on March 25, 2012
at 01:10 PM

This might be helpful: http://www.70sbig.com/blog/2012/02/optimal-sleep-positioning/

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

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on March 26, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I started sleeping on the floor, well over a year ago now. I sleep on a few old packing blankets on a hardwood floor. I have found I get a more restful sleep, I am never stiff when I wake up and I do believe my posture has improved. I used to get shoulder pain occasionally before I started sleeping on the floor, now I never do.

9267cb2507141e9a72e9d7159a5ffb80

(78)

on March 26, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Sleeping on the floor seems very interesting... do you maybe any more info how it affects us and if its beneficial

A227e07ce891f17c29a01c775b303cce

(15)

on March 26, 2012
at 03:43 PM

Yes, I have been toying around with this also. I can sleep on super hard surfaces, but I usually suffer some discomfort from this. Although I do have trouble sleeping on soft beds. It is all about finding just the right softness I suppose.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on June 04, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Josh, what position do you sleep in? I have tried sleeping on my side (usual position) on a lightly padded hard floor before and can't fall asleep because of pressure on my shoulder and hip, and I don't know what to do with my head.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on June 05, 2012
at 02:13 PM

@RR - I used to sleep on my side too and usually has stiff shoulders in the morning, when I started sleeping on the floor I trained myself to sleep on my back and have not has stiff shoulders since. I had to put a pillow on either side of me for about 2 weeks to train myself to sleep on my back.

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on June 19, 2012
at 12:52 PM

http://www.zafu.net/ecobackrest.html

Those things there are very expensive but you could find ways to emulate the posture on those pictures at home.

I'm doing so myself :-)

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on June 05, 2012
at 01:45 AM

Check out katysays.com. It's about restoring optimal alignment through natural movement and stretching. The author actually got rid of all her living room furniture!

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