Beine schlafen beim sitzen auf der Toilette ein

Why legs fall asleep on the toilet 🚽 Cause & Solution [Tips and Tricks].

By Fabian Scholz


We've all been there. You sit down comfortably on the throne of daily necessity, perhaps even with a good book or smartphone in hand, lose yourself in thought or an entertaining story, and - oops! - suddenly it feels as if a horde of ants has decided to run a marathon in our legs. The tingling starts and we realize: our legs have fallen asleep!

But why does this happen? And why does the silent toilet seem to have such a magnetic attraction for this phenomenon?

The scientific trick 🔬

There is a serious scientific explanation for this, and it lies in the way we sit on the toilet. Our modern toilet sitting posture can put pressure on the blood vessels and nerves in our thighs. When these are constricted for extended periods of time, the blood supply is reduced, and - voila! - the tingling sensation sets in.

The secret place to stay 🤫.

Honestly, who can blame us? The bathroom is often a quiet retreat from the storms of everyday life. It's where we can escape the hustle and bustle of the world, quietly catch up on the latest gossip, or simply take a deep breath. It's no wonder our legs sometimes feel they're no longer invited and decide to opt out.

A plea for the toilet stool 🥰

Of course, there are remedies. Remember the toilet stool, the friendly little assistant? He can help put our feet in a more comfortable position, relieve the pressure and thus avoid the tingling sensation. It's like he's saying, "Let's get through this together!"

Now imagine if there was a little helper that lovingly tackled this problem. The toilet stool! This unassuming companion doesn't rise to shout attention, but is there to serve and provide comfort in silence. By raising the feet to a slightly elevated position, the stool supports a more natural squatting posture, considered by many cultures to be the original and healthier position for relieving oneself.

This position optimizes the angle between the upper body and thighs. Blood flow to the legs is improved and pressure on the blood vessels under the thighs is reduced. The result? A lower risk of the legs falling asleep or tingling. It's as if the toilet stool is gently hugging your legs and saying, "Don't worry, I'm here to take care of you."

It's not just a piece of furniture, it's a sign of caring for yourself. In a world that is often hectic, the toilet stool reminds us that it's the little things that make the difference and that every moment, even the seemingly most insignificant, should be treated with love and care.

Toilettenhocker für bessere Sitzhaltung auf der Toilette

Advantages of a toilet stool:

  1. Ergonomic posture: elevating the feet supports a more natural squatting position, which is often considered more comfortable and healthy.
  2. Improved circulation: pressure on the blood vessels in the thighs is reduced, minimizing tingling and falling asleep in the legs.
  3. More effective bowel evacuation: The squatting position can help relieve pressure on the rectum, making bowel evacuation easier.
  4. Less stress on the pelvic floor: The squatting position can reduce pressure on the pelvic floor, which can be especially beneficial for postpartum women or people with pelvic floor problems.
  5. Space-saving: Many toilet stools are compact and can be easily stored under the toilet when not in use.
  6. Versatility: Some models offer additional features such as a foot massage surface or adjustable heights.

Instructions for using a toilet stool:

  1. Positioning: Place the toilet stool in front of your toilet.
  2. Sit: Sit down on the toilet as usual.
  3. Feet up: Place your feet on the stool so that your knees are slightly raised.
  4. Relax: Find a comfortable position that feels natural to you. It may take a little time to get used to this new posture.
  5. Ease: Go about your business. The squatting position may make it easier to relieve yourself.
  6. Return: after use, if desired, you can slide the stool under the toilet to save space.

With these simple steps and the benefits explained, you can transform your toilet routine into a healthier and more enjoyable experience.


So the next time you settle down on your porcelain resting oasis and your legs start to take a nap, just smile and think, "Oh, you love gravity and human anatomy!" And maybe give your trusty toilet stool a little pat as a thank you for its steady support. Because sometimes it's the little things in life that make us smile the most.

About the author

Fabian Scholz

Hi, I'm Fabian, founder of Popotti. I have been dealing with the topics of environment, health and gut for several years now. As a speaker and expert I am on the road several times a year for Popotti in Germany. If you want to learn more, feel free to contact me at


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