Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Why does sitting like this feel so much better than sitting like this? A five year long study actually compared various postures, and it turns out that sitting in an upright position is actually more likely to give you neck pain down the road, especially in women. In fact, studies have actually concluded that this more relaxed posture may actually be protective against future pain. Other research also suggests that a lot of spinal pain is actually linked to poor sleep, low physical activity and high stress, not posture. So what should you do, apart from addressing sleep stress and activity? One of the best tactics research has honed in on is switching up your position more frequently through the day. So if you're going to be sitting in one position for an extended period of time, just make sure you're switching it up.