What Does It Really Mean If Your Head feels Heavy?

Do you ever have a heavy feeling in your head? Do you ever just want to lay down and rest your head? The average human head weighs between 11 and 14 pounds, according to Science Focus. That’s a lot of weight to bear on your neck and shoulders.

Have you ever had the sensation that your head is heavier than that? It may appear to be such, but it most likely isn’t. The only way a head might weigh more than that is if someone has Proteus syndrome, which is extremely uncommon. Proteus condition does result in a massive head. Only 200 instances have been reported, and only 100 of these fit the diagnostic criteria for Proteus syndrome (according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders).

Head heaviness is a symptom, not a diagnosis, and is more likely to be caused by something else. Check out these possible causes if you’re leaning your head on your hands or face-planted at your desk.

Head heaviness can be caused by a variety of factors

You’re undoubtedly experiencing other symptoms in addition to your heavy head. Poor posture, according to De Witt Physical Therapy and Wellness, is a major cause of a heavy head. It’s normal for your head to be 1-2 inches in front of your chest, but every inch beyond that adds 10 pounds to your weight. For example, if your head weighs 12 pounds and extends 4 inches beyond your chest, your neck muscles must support around 40 pounds. Pain in the jaw, shoulders, neck, or head are also signs of bad posture. Sitting up straight with your head no more than an inch or two past your chest and shoulders, slightly back and down, will help you improve your posture.

You should also keep your knees at a 90-degree angle, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Your feet must be flat on the ground or propped up on a footrest. Allow your elbows and arms to rest on the chair’s armrests. Avoid sitting for more than 30 minutes at a time, and remember to get up and stretch. To avoid a heavy head, be careful of your posture while sitting.