After a long engineering career and many hours spent
sitting on the crapper reading technical magazines, I have
discovered the cause for and solution to numb legs after
reading a couple good articles.
The numbness comes
from your arms/elbows crushing the main blood vessles in
your legs as you lean on them whilst perusing the latest
EETimes, RF Design or Microwave Journal. The longer you
sit there, the more numb your legs get, and the less
likely it is that you'll even be able to walk after
standing up. Trust me, I've been there.
two possible solutions. 1) Do not lean on your legs when
reading, or 2) get high tech. Believe it or not, I have a
piece of 1/4" thick plywood that is cut about 3 inches
wide and 15 inches long that I carry into the can to lay
atop my legs near the knees. Leaning on that wood
distributes the weight across a much greater area, and
that reduces the crush factor enough to permit indefinite
reading periods. It's miraculous!
Hey, no need to
thank me. Just "giving back" to the community that has
been so good to me.