In this very important chapter you will learn how to correct some bad sleeping habits which rob you of your maximum height potential. For example many of you only get 3 and 4 hours of sleep each night. Well, did you know that if you remained in bed for several days that within that time span you would actually increase your height as much as a full inch? Unfortunately, this increase in height is only a temporary condition. As soon as you are up and around again the forces of gravity compress the disc between the vertebrae to their original width, and you revert back to your original height. While you are lying in bed there is no pressure on the vertebral disc, which allows it to expand, thus explaining our normal growth pattern. However, only a small percentage of this expansion is retained.

Exercise must be used to strengthen and maintain this expansion at its peak. Otherwise, the normal forces of gravity will take their toll. On the other hand, in order to reap the benefits of our detailed exercise program, you must also assure yourself of getting the proper rest otherwise the exercise is useless by itself. As a rule, we strongly recommend getting at least 8 hours of sleep for best results. In order to maximize your fullest height potential, there are some very important tips you need to know about sleeping. Make sure your mattress is firm and capable of giving your body full support. This is to aid in keeping your spine as straight as possible while sleeping. A soft or sagging mattress will tend to bend the spine and curve the torso in a sinking effect, which must be avoided. A good mattress will support the whole body, which will keep it in a straight posture setting ? a must for obtaining greater height.

Now that you’ll be sleeping on a good mattress, there’s another bad habit that most of you must rid yourselves of “using a pillow”. This is a very common mistake made by most of us because we are led to believe that a pillow allows for a more comfortable night’s sleep so, through habit, we become attached and generally accept this as the most comfortable way to sleep. However, nothing could be further from the truth. The use of a pillow is an incorrect form of sleeping and should be avoided.


Consider these facts:

1. While lying on your back with your head resting on a pillow, your neck is bent forward in a very unnatural position.

2. In this position, your head is being pushed forward and your back is arched, also a very unnatural position.

3. If you suffer from frequent neck or back pains, in the majority of cases you can probably blame it on your pillow or mattress.


You would never consider putting your neck and spine in such an alien position while you are standing so why assume this position while sleeping? What happens is your body may subconsciously maintain this unnatural position rather than go through the aches and pains of straightening out each morning. This could result in the condition commonly known as “Round Shoulders”.
By this time it should be apparent why a pillow is unhealthy and a negative factor for our purpose of obtaining height. After all, how can your body grow straight and tall to its fullest potential if it is in a curved position for 8 hours every night?

Now that you have eliminated your pillow, it is possible to sleep in an advantageous position for increasing your height. In order to accomplish this, your spine must be as straight as possible. We recommend that you lie on you back with your arms and legs stretched toward the foot of the bed. Do not exert any effort or pressure to stretch your limbs. Allow your body to be completely relaxed. You may let your head turn to the right or left and bend your arms if it is more comfortable to you. The important thing is to keep your body (torso and legs) as straight as possible. This position may prove to be uncomfortable for the first few nights, but your body will soon become accustomed to this manner of sleeping and before long you will discover not only extra inches but, also a. more comfortable sleep.

Key Points:
Make sure you get the proper rest (at least 8 hours per night). Make sure your mattress is firm and supports your body. Kick the “pillow habit”. Sleep on your back with your torso straight and fully extended

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