Vertical Sleeping

Posted on Monday Oct 1, 2012

Have you heard of vertical sleeping? It is very rare, but some people try to sleep while standing in an upright position. Others are told to sleep upright by their doctors due to back injuries (again, very rare). You may ask yourself if it is even possible to fall asleep standing up. It is possible, though you probably won’t have a deep sleep in a vertical position. Those suffering with sleep disorders such as narcolepsy can easily fall asleep while standing, though they usually fall over because they are not being correctly supported.

Though upright sleeping may help your back in some situations if you are sleeping with good posture, in most cases this is a bad idea. The human body was not mean to sleep upright. We lack the ability to lock our knee joints so that our legs would be able to hold us totally upright for extended periods of time while we are sleeping. Even if you are able to lean against a wall or something so that your knees don’t have to do so much work, your neck will also need support. When you sleep, the muscles that help your neck hold the head up start to relax, and when your head drops, you will automatically wake up (not to mention that you might have some neck pain!) Because sleep is good for you, it’s important to get enough sleep, and vertical sleeping just won’t cut it in most cases.

However, there are a couple of solutions out there for vertical sleepers, or those who wish to try vertical sleeping out. I would not ever attempt vertical sleeping without the approval of a doctor though. Since humans were made to sleep lying down, you will never be able to rest as peacefully as you would if you were horizontal with one of our best buy mattresses.

This Vertical Bed was designed by Jamie O’Shea

The bed designed by Nato actually looks very comfortable, but it was really just designed to be a work of art, rather than an actual vertical bed. The “bed” designed by O’Shea looks quite uncomfortable, but one must admit that it’s a pretty cool invention. It definitely is a way to take up less space. I don’t believe that it is in production, and don’t know if it ever will be. Designers are coming out with some very cool new things, which reminds me of this invention I came across the other day that allows you to walk on water. Anyways, the bottom line is that people are coming out with these innovative ideas, but for practical purposes, the vertical sleep devices are not ideal for getting a good nights sleep!

 

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