Turning Bedroom into Home Office - Yes or No?
Work from home is not a novel concept. The remote working trend has gradually gained currency in several organizations across the world. However, the lockdown has set remote working as the new norm, and this has come as quite the respite, saving one from the morning rush and the hectic commute to work. Besides, one can also wake up closer to his/her work hours.
While some of us have a designated workspace, many wake up and directly work from their beds. As comforting it might sound to plop in the bed with a laptop, here are five reasons why you must not work from your bed:
Beds should be used for their sole purpose – sleeping and intimacy. A clear demarcation of space is necessary for the brain to associate the bedroom with sleep. If you work from the bed, your brain will find it difficult to differentiate between the time to work and sleep.
Besides, in a typical work scenario, you return from office to home where you can relax and unwind. But when the lines between your home and workspace are smudged, you may always feel you are at work.
During any stimulating or stressful activity, the body releases the cortisol hormone, which causes you to stay awake and alert. So even if you have signed off from work and finally unwind, you will find it difficult to relax and get sleep.
Moreover, staring at your computer screen or phone just before bedtime affects your sleep quality. The blue light from the screen reduces the melatonin production, the sleep hormone and thus affects your sleep clock.
The bed doesn’t provide enough support for an erect body posture. You tend to hunch over your laptop while working from the bed. And when you sit for long hours in this position, you develop muscle pains and backache. Over some time, this may turn into a severe problem like slip disc.
It is tough to resist taking a nap when you snuggle in the bed with your laptop. Besides, if the bedroom is dimly lit, your brain enters a relaxed mode, making you feel lazy and lethargic. Add to it the body fatigue due to bad body posture, poor sleep, low energy levels, and your productivity is significantly reduced.
Studies suggest that our human body sheds around 15 million skin cells during sleep. This means the bed is a thriving spot for bacteria and is unhygienic, especially if you don’t wash your pillowcases and bed sheets regularly. So if you spend more waking hours on the bed, you are only adding to the bacteria and increasing health problems.
Working from home may sound like freedom from the office routine. However, remote working requires an equal amount of discipline to make sure neither your work nor personal life is hampered. You need to mark boundaries between home and work to ensure a proper work-life balance and mental well-being.
Your first step is to avoid working from the bed if you have been doing so.
If you follow a remote working routine, you can achieve your work goals without compensating your fun and recreation. Remember, you can only work productively and perform better when you have a healthy mind and body.
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