A ten-minute break every two hours is the best thing you can gift yourself while you are studying, say doctors.
“Sitting in the same posture for long hours may cause backaches,” warned Dr P.K. Dave, head, orthopaedics department at Rockland Hospital and former AIIMS director.
“It is advised that the child takes short 10 minute breaks when he can stretch himself and relax before getting back to study again,” he said.
Similarly, lying on the bed and studying may sound tempting, but experts warn that the position is very bad both for the eyes as well as for the neck.
One tends to feel sleepy, loses concentration and even the eyes are often under tremendous load because of little distance from the reading material.
Orthopaedics say it is best to avoid reading while lying on your back, stomach or side.
“A lot of children have a tendency to sit on the bed while studying. In other times, they sit in a cross-legged position, where they tend to slouch. This posture is not only harmful for the back but also tires the child easily,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan Hegde, director, orthopaedics at Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Vasant Kunj.
“Ideally the child should sit at a 90 degree angle on the hip, with feet flat on the ground. Sometimes when the knee is slightly higher than the hip, it makes for a relaxed position for the spine.”
A child should ideally use a table and chair while studying.
“The two heights should be adjusted such that the child does not have to bend forward or incline backwards," said Dr Dave.
Doctors also advise that the child should either tilt the book so that it is raised up about 45 degrees from the desk or use an architect’s desk, which has a slight slope.
This positioning aids in achieving good posture and reducing eyes and neck strain.