Why Do I Have an OVERWHELMING Sense of Wellness When I Sleep in the Astronaut Position? (Legs Elevated)

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    Dec 04, 2013 12:49 PM GMT
    I usually get my best part of sleep in the hour before sunrise.

    Recently, I decided to take my comforter and lay it over the carpet by the side of my bed, then turn the covers from long ways to side ways. I put my back on the floor and the back of my knees on the bed, then pull the covers over me. (I have to put a sleep mask on because I have to do this with a little lamp on.)

    Maybe because I'm 5'9" between 225 and 235 lbs, my blood pressure is probably higher than it would be at 195 and 205 lbs.

    Whatever the details are, the sleep is sublime.

    I googled "sleeping with legs elevated" and came up with this:

    It gives your heart less work to do.

    It increases blood flow to the heart.

    It increases blood flow to the brain?

    "It is, especially if you have poor circulation. When your legs are elevated, gravity keeps the blood from pooling in your ankles or calves, which can cause blood clots. A dr. usually recommends that you sleep with your legs elevated after you have had surgery (and can't walk around for a while), when you are pregnant or if you have circulation problems. This will also help to keep from your feet going numb (going to sleep) if you have to lay down for a long period of time.

    All you need to do is raise your legs so that when you are laying down they are above your heart (use 2 or 3 pillows). You should be able to lay down on your back and see your toes without having to raise your head when your legs are elevated properly.

    Father has had several knee/hip surgeries"

    It keeps your spine in a healthy position.

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    And then I heard lying down is good for your internal organs because when you lie down and sleep fluid moves through your organs better?

    Lying down and sleeping helps with blood pressure? My doctor said, don't expect to lower your blood pressure when you're sleeping less than 7 hours a day.
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    Dec 07, 2013 12:53 AM GMT
    Stretching the hamstring? That can feel nice.
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    Dec 09, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Plus behind the knees can be an erogenous zone. Laying the back of the knees on a nice comfortable mattress edge can feel good.

    I guess having them on your lover's forearm or hung over his shoulders feels good--uh, right there: yea.