What would you choose: Stay late at the office to prepare everything for a morning meeting? … or head home and hop in bed with a laptop?
We all know it can get comfortable doing work in bed, with all those papers, spreadsheets, and email inboxes, but it can compromise your sleep.
YOU WORK IN BED? YOU HAVE TO READ THIS
Latest survey showed that 57 percent of employees admitted to work two to six hours a week in bed right before going to sleep. (Their spouses can’t be happy.) The experts suggested that working in bed makes it harder to see the bedroom as a place for sleep, which can ruin a good night’s rest.
Plus, most of our work involves digital technology and using electronics right before bed may negatively affect sleep quality. According to the survey, 95 percent of people use some form of electronics shortly before falling asleep.
Exposure to artificial light from devices like phones and laptops after sunset suppresses the release of melatonin, the sleep-promoting hormone. Using your phone around bedtime also keeps us alert,all those creative Twitter followers!
CREATE YOUR ACTION PLAN
I know this may sound impossible to you, but it is recommendable to unplug your devices 45 to 60 minutes before bedtime.
If you can’t get used to it right away, start with 15 minutes and each week increase the minutes.
It is also recommendable to remove office reminders and leave the laptop and briefcase in another room. And pens and paper can stay on the desk—seemingly harmless work-related activities, like writing a letter or balancing the checkbook, could keep us wide awake.
To increase the association between lying in bed and feeling sleepy, snoozing and sex should be the only things happening between the sheets. It’s recommendable to do some re-arranging to keep out anything that doesn’t help us relax, laptop bad or exercise equipment, which may remind us of the morning workout we want to accomplish. Experts also advise banning television from the bedroom.