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Your Couch Might be Hurting You

By Amanda Kabbabe and Susana Victoria Perez, Buzz60

With Netflix binging becoming part of the norm, people have been spending more and more time on their couches.

It starts with just one episode, and before you know it, you're three seasons into "Orange is the New Black" -- and can't feel your lower back.

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Experts have been able to link different health problems to lazy habits. Constantly lying on your sofa can lead to digestive problems, back pain, hip pain and hamstring pain.

Specifically, doctors are attributing these health issues to squishy couches.

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That's not to say you need to cut your TV marathons out of your weekend routine! Doctors are simply recommending switching positions every 10 minutes to avoid putting too much pressure on a specific part of your body for a long period.

These findings were only recently discovered because experts learned people are watching TV for longer periods of times, which leads to an increase in couch time.

Then there's the fact that modern sofas have been getting progressively softer, lower and squishier.

Initially, couches used to resemble chairs with higher backs and arms. Now, the desired couch style is sleek and low to the ground.

So there's a choice to make: Refuse to move for three hours and live with chronic pain, or get up every 10 to 15 minutes to get some blood flowing.

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