Musculoskeletal complaints are common in those who do office work on a long-term basis. A sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, that is, a life without mobility, and hunching in front of a desk and monitor are not negligible factors at all in terms of health damage.
In addition to epidemiological measures, restrictions and recommendations, teleworking, i.e. the home office, has become increasingly common. And if a lot of people already have to take a job at home, it may seem tempting to “bring” the office into their bed or sink into their couch to work for him. Maybe few would think, but
this comfort can cause a number of health problems.
Searching the #WorkFromBed hashtag on Instagram, we find thousands of photos of people cutting into work comfortably while lying on the bed in coffee, breakfast, pajamas, nightgown, with a laptop in their lap or a tablet in their hand, even though it’s not okay at all.
Crown thirst is widespread
In reality, working in bed can lead to even permanent health damage, the signs of which are not necessarily felt now, but later in life, warns in a recent BBC article on office work in bed.
Several U.S. experts have been quoted as saying that it is by no means optimal to work out of bed, yet young people in particular tend to do so because they don’t feel the pain right away, but they will really do later.
It could easily be that by the time they get older, they have done irreparable damage to their bad habits. It can be a simple headache, but even permanent stiffness, arthritis, neck pain.
Rachel Salas, a sleep expert and associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University says it has a bad effect not only on the body when we work out of bed, but also on productivity and sleep. Salas says to keep the bed up for three things:
- to sleep
- for sex
- and when we are sick.
The more we watch TV and play video games in bed, the more our brains learn that all this can be done in bed.
A sleep expert and associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University, he points out that
if we bring the phone, the laptop, the flashing screens we need to work into our bed every day, our brains and bodies will sooner or later no longer connect the bed to rest.
This is one of the main reasons why the epidemic led to “crown anomaly”, insomnia and sleep disturbance that spread during the quarantine period.
It’s not good to work in bed
Dr. Márta Megyaszai according to a rheumatologist, it is not really possible to take a working position from a bed that does not overload at least one spine or joint.
When working with a computer, it is best to use a traditional desktop computer. Because we can place the keyboard and the monitor separately, so the work area can be ergonomically adjusted to suit where and at what height.
The monitor should be good at eye level and the keyboard should be used with loose shoulders and elbows that are not much better than right angles. Not to mention keeping the spine straight, the rectangular position of the hips and knees. And the foot rests loosely on the sole. In the case of a laptop, this is by no means feasible because the keyboard and monitor cannot be moved separately. At least have a separate mouse here
– suggests a rheumatologist.
The rheumatologist has listed some possible positions for working in bed, adding what later problems they can cause:
- He sits on the edge of a bed, a laptop on his lap or a low coffee table: the tilted posture and folded head overload the neck and back, the shoulder is also tense. You will have neck and back complaints that can even cause headaches in the long run.
- Lying on your stomach, laptop on the bed, elbow rest, support your head with your hands (if you just read), in this case the waist + hips (due to the concavity) and the neck is overstretched, the shoulders and elbows are also strained, after a while the support wrist will also be sensitive. Even if he wants to write, he does not hold the head with his hands and the back neck muscles are extremely overworked. Neck-back-waist and upper limb pain can develop. If you put your laptop on the floor, at least your waist will be straight, but your neck will be overloaded again.
- Lying on your back, be sure to bend your head forward, supported (unless the computer is mounted on the ceiling). It may just support your head or a little back, or even top in bed. In this case, it is mainly the neck, but when over or over, the waist is also overstretched (precisely because of the embossing).
The rheumatologist warns that if the neck becomes sensitive or the muscles become permanently strained and overstretched, there can be many other consequences:
- shoulder pain
- or this will not be liked by disc discs for long months and will wear more easily.
The bed cannot be a workplace
From a somnological point of view, it is recommended to use the bed for sleep or sexual intercourse, mainly in order to have a positive sleeping experience in connection with the bed, and the latter is an essential part of relationships.
Said the statement to the Index Dr. Attila Nagy, lung therapist at the SomnoCenter Sleep Disorders Center, specialist in nomnology.
According to the expert, if we take the work to bed, there is a risk that we will do other related activities in bed as well. As a result, we spend more and more time there, increasing the number of naps during the day, which degrades our performance.
Decreased physical activity, which can lead to obesity, and we will have a harder time falling asleep due to increased daytime sleep, which is a hotbed of insomnia.
Dr. Attila Nagy also mentioned that stress caused by the coronavirus and the associated inability to fall asleep are symptoms that have been observed in many parts of the world.
Many factors may play a role in its development. Above all, our daily lives have changed, which can disrupt our daily (circadian) rhythm. Several workplace effects have been lost (commuting, office meetings), and feelings of insecurity about work, health, and the future have increased. As the epidemic may persist for a considerable time, it is advisable to take action against it as soon as possible and, if necessary, consult a specialist.
The nomnologist recommends that you avoid working in bed as much as possible, reduce your browsing of news sites, especially at night, and avoid using an alarm clock that is in line of sight to reduce stress around falling asleep.
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