You’re Taller in the Morning Than You Are at Night
A remarkable phenomenon occurs within your body’s vertical framework: you’re actually slightly taller in the morning than you are at night. This phenomenon is attributed to the compression of spinal discs that transpires throughout the day due to gravitational forces. “The Spine Journal” demonstrates that during the day, as you go about your activities, the pressure exerted on your spinal discs causes them to gradually lose water content. Consequently, this dehydration leads to a reduction in disc height and overall spinal length.
The restorative period of sleep offers respite from these forces, enabling the spinal discs to rehydrate and regain some of their lost volume. This rehydration, as documented in studies like those in “Journal of Clinical Biomechanics,” accounts for the slight increase in height observed upon waking in the morning. The interplay between gravity’s compressive effects during daily activities and the discs’ rehydration during sleep contributes to this fluctuation in stature. Understanding this natural ebb and flow underscores the dynamic nature of your body, reflecting the intricate adaptations it undergoes to maintain its equilibrium and functionality.