It may be surprising to learn, but in addition to stretching exercises to increase height and other grow taller exercises you can actually begin to teach your body how to get tall while you sleep as well.
Did you know that astronauts often gain two to four inches in height after they have been in zero gravity for an extended period of time? This is because the lack of Earth’s gravity pulling down on them allows their spines to decompress, making them temporarily taller. However, while it would be nice to simulate such an experience here on Earth, it’s pretty much impossible.
Well, it is and it isn’t.
Did you know that you already simulate the conditions that the astronauts go through every day? It’s true and you can verify this yourself.
If you are really curious, you can try this little experiment. You should already be measuring your height regularly while you are training your body how to get tall – perhaps not every single day, but regularly. Measure yourself just before you go to bed and once again right after you wake up in the morning. You will find that you’re likely to measure up to a full inch taller in the morning.
The reason that this happens is the same principle that applies to the astronauts. Between each of the 33 vertebrae in your spine, there are discs that are composed of stretchable cartilage. The entire premise behind the Grow Taller Blog and the methods I’ve used to learn how to grow taller are designed specifically to safely and effectively take advantage of this elasticity to make permanent height gains. This is done by strengthening these discs and promoting their elasticity.
When people fail to properly exercise their spinal columns (and most people do fail to do this), over time these spaces compress, which greatly minimizes the elasticity of the cartilage. Not only can this make you permanently shorter, but it can also lead to chronic back pain, fatigue, and headaches as well. No wonder we have such an epidemic of chronic back pain sufferers!
Your spinal column will naturally compress some throughout the day as a result of the gravity being placed on it. Gravity makes a pronounced difference on the spine no matter whether you are standing or sitting. But the one time that gravity has no effect on your spine is when you are sleeping. This is really one of the only times that your spine has the chance to lengthen itself to its natural condition and is why sleeping is truly one of the most important ways how to get taller naturally.
This is also why it is so important to maintain a healthy weight. Simply put, the less weight that you are burdening your spine with, the less weight that is dragging it down. Additionally, the stronger your abdominal and other support muscles are, the more they naturally support your spinal column and keep your posture optimized.
The idea behind all of this is to increase the thickness and integrity of the cartilage between the vertebrae so that it is more resilient and less prone to the downward pull of gravity, making it possible to “teach” your body not only how to look taller but also how to be taller.
While the stretching exercises definitely help, proper sleeping position is crucial to making this possible.
Everything that mattress companies tell you about proper sleep position is a lie. But their messages permeate our culture because their advertisements are what we are constantly exposed to. We see the images over and over of a happy couple laying in bed together and waking up “refreshed” and “energized” in the morning.
But how many people that spend the thousands upon thousands of dollars for these mattresses (and there are many of them, I assure you) are jumping out of bed refreshed and full of vigor like in the commercials? Very few.
One of the main culprits of this is the simple use of a pillow. Using a pillow should be avoided at all costs for the simple reason that pillows cause your neck to bend forward at an extremely unnatural angle. Your head is being forced forward, which arches your back as well. Not only does this severely decrease the ability of your spine to naturally decompress, but it also leads to back problems and posture problems as well.
Your spine needs to be as straight as possible during sleeping periods to allow it to fully decompress. Sleep on your back as straight as possible. Your legs should be straight as well. Your arms can lie at your sides or, if you wish, you can cross your hands over yours stomach. Your head can turn slightly to the left or to the right if that is more comfortable for you. The most important aspect to this sleeping position is to keep your torso, your neck, and your legs aligned and relaxed throughout the night.
This method of sleeping will likely seem foreign and uncomfortable at first. It certainly was for me for at least 5 days. Some people may take longer to acclimate themselves to it. However, once you grow accustomed to it, you will find that you stay taller longer in the mornings and you are getting a more restful sleep.
One method that will help ease you into this sleeping position much, much faster is to make sure that you don’t go to bed until you are absolutely tired. The stretching exercises and increased amount of cardiovascular exercise should help tremendously with this. Additionally, if you are taking the supplement ZMA at night, you will find that you are able to get much more restful sleep, much, much faster than you were before.
If you have a history of back and neck injury or pain, I urge you to contact your physician before altering your sleep position if the one that you are now using was medically recommended to you. Your physician may suggest a special pillow that is ergonomically-designed to take the stress off of your spine as well. These pillows are usually made of a foam substance and have two “hills,” one at the top of the pillow and a smaller one at the bottom. The generally-prescribed use of these pillows is to rest your head inside the “valley” with your neck across the smaller “hill.”
While these pillows are, indeed, better than standard, store-bought pillows, if you are able to sleep without them, it’s much better to forgo the pillow altogether.
Beginning immediately, begin sleeping without a pillow on your back. This will probably feel awkward and foreign to you for the first several nights, but you will find that you become accustomed to it after a short while. To help you become adjusted much easier, be sure to complete the prescribed stretching and cardiovascular exercises as well as eat as prescribed and take the supplement ZMA. This will ensure that your sleep is much more restful and you get to sleep much sooner.