Why Sitting Makes You Tired

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Why Sitting Makes You Tired

How sitting positions may affect our energy levels is an interesting topic that many people may not know about. The truth is, sitting in the right posture can increase your energy, intelligence and make you less tired!

For over 30 years I have been treating patients and designing chairs for a number of different companies to help them increase their employee’s productivity and comfort while sitting at work or home.

Throughout this blog post, I will discuss what sitting position makes you less tired and more intelligent, and why it matters so much in comparison to other sitting positions.

The article also discusses how poor posture affects our health: While most people know poor posture can cause pain they don’t know how your posture affects other things like your focus, energy and overall mood. We will explain all this and more!

The Importance of Sitting Well

office worker tired and sitting

As sitting became the norm for many people, sitting posture has become a major concern for anyone that is concerned about their body, mind and health. With sitting, we usually slouch forward as we work on our computers and phones. 

Sitting in this position often leads to increased levels of stress hormones and a decrease in neurotransmitters that are related to mood and focus.

There is also an increase in oxidative stress which can lead to increased inflammation! In this article, you will learn about sitting positions that make you smarter so that your brain power isn’t negatively impacted by sitting too long.

How to Sit For Optimal Energy

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Here is how to sit for optimal focus, energy, and comfort.

1. Sit up straight with your back against the chair

When you sit up straight with good posture, you allow your muscles and body to relax. This improves blood circulation by decreasing tension and improving vital capacity.

2. Position your feet flat on the floor and keep them close to you

By keeping your feet flat on the floor you promote good blood circulation in your legs. This is because you are not placing pressure on your veins. Again, good circulation means oxygen-rich blood.

3. Learn how to Improve your ergonomics

The ergonomics of your workspace can make you more efficient and focused. There are many ways to set up an office for better productivity, but the most important thing is that you’re comfortable with how it feels when sitting at a desk or table all day long.

How does good posture improve focus? It’s been shown in studies that people who have bad desks sometimes feel tired because they don’t give their bodies enough support while working often sit hunched over which strains muscles around the neck and shoulders, leading to headaches.

Here is my checklist for getting your ergonomics right.

4. Allow yourself enough room to work without feeling cramped or constricted 

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Our environment has a great effect on our focus and productivity. If you feel cramped and constricted either from having an overcrowded desk or from sitting in a small room, this can reduce your concentration and intelligence.

Furthermore, a cramped environment can place stress on your body as you can not move in a non-constrained way which prevents good sitting and moving posture.

Here is my full guide on how to make your workspace more comfortable.

5. Take breaks often and try doing something different, like stretching or going for a walk

There have been numerous studies proving how concentration decreases faster than you think! Breaks are essential to employee morale. Studies have shown that breaks lead to higher productivity, higher job satisfaction, a more balanced emotional health, and a stronger desire to go above and beyond. Most experts recommend taking short breaks between every 25-90 minutes of work time which can help you feel less tired or overwhelmed with the workload in front of you!

Why We Should Be Mindful About Our Sitting Positions

woman doing to improve posture

When you are seated, your posture can affect the way that blood flows to your brain. If we slouch when sitting for long periods of time, less oxygen is delivered and our minds may grow tired more quickly.

After hours spent in a slumped position with no activity while watching TV or reading on a tablet device such as an iPad, it’s easy to feel sluggish or lethargic due to decreased circulation throughout the body including one’s mind and not just from lack of physical movement but insufficient mental stimulation! 

The key is finding ways – even if they seem small at first—to sit upright during these types of activities so you’re receiving optimal levels of energy flow; this will help both maintain focus and increase intelligence too

10 Tips for Staying Active During Work Hours

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By being active you combat sedentary patterns which help develop better posture and energy. You follow these tips, when you do find yourself sitting, your body will be much more likely to automatically go into a poor sitting position.

  1. Keep a water bottle at your desk and drink it every hour
  2. Walk to lunch (or another building) if you’re close enough 
  3. Park further away from work and walk-in for more exercise 
  4. Make sure to get up every hour or so to stretch and walk around, even if it’s just for a few minutes at a time 
  5. Go on walks during your break or after work with coworkers, friends, or family members to stay motivated about staying active!
  6. Take a walk at lunch – the fresh air will do you good
  7. Stand instead of sitting whenever possible – it’s better for your back and posture!
  8. Set a timer on your phone that vibrates every 15 – 20 minutes.
  9. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible

Feeling Tired and Drained After a Long Day at Work?

A lot of people feel that way after sitting in an office chair all day. But there’s no need to suffer any longer – because we have the perfect solution.

man sitting with posture cushion

An ergonomic seat wedge cushion is designed to help you sit more comfortably while you work. It will help to align your spine and improve your posture, so you can feel less tired and more energetic. And it’s easy to use – just place it on your chair and sit down.

Conclusion: Why Sitting Makes You Tired

While it may seem like a simple change, the benefits of good posture are astounding. When we slouch forward, our chest and belly muscles become tighter while our low back becomes weaker. 

This combination leads to increased levels of stress hormones and decreased neurotransmitters that affect mood and focus.

 If you can start by sitting up straight as often as possible throughout your day (even if just for 10 minutes at a time), you should be able to see improvements in how your body feels within weeks or months! 

And who knows? You might even find yourself less tired and feeling more focused on work too!


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Dr Lawrence Woods DC

Dr Lawrence Woods DC


My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort.

With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience in Ireland as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sitting for living a happy and healthy life.

I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and I am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


Dr Lawrence Woods

My goal is to create the highest quality ergonomic office chairs and accessories for unmatched comfort. With 30 years of spinal healthcare experience as a chiropractor, I learned the value of high-quality sleep for living a happy and healthy life. I have a Chiropractic Degree from Life Chiropractic College West and am NBCE Physiotherapy certified.


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