AUG 17, 2016 3:18 PM PDT

Health Consequences of Too Much Bed Rest

WRITTEN BY: Xuan Pham

For many of us, our beds are our most comfortable sanctuary. Not surprisingly so, considering that we spend roughly about one-third of our life laying in bed sleeping. And the latest technologies are just making it easier and easier to stay in bed, even when we're not sleeping. But are there health consequences from too much lying down?

As it turns out, the answer is an overwhelming yes! Our bodies simply aren't built to be confined to long-term supine position. Aside from nasty bedsores, muscles will atrophy and bones will lose their strength. That means, even though we'd be in bed, we'd be more prone to fatigue. Stagnation would also increase the risks for other cardiovascular conditions. Watch the video to get some enlightening motivations for getting out of bed in the morning!
About the Author
  • I am a human geneticist, passionate about telling stories to make science more engaging and approachable. Find more of my writing at the Hopkins BioMedical Odyssey blog and at TheGeneTwist.com.
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