Is Spending Too Much Time In Your Office Affecting Your Health?
Most of us spend an awful lot of time in our offices. We’re working longer hours and then spending time in our home offices when we do get in from work. Those of us that work from home often spend many hours sitting at our desks working. Often late into the evening, long after a regular working day would be over. We want to do our best, earn as much as we can, get promotions and hit targets and be proud of our progress and achievements. Which is great. But, could spending too much time in your office, either at home or at work be having a negative effect on your health? How? And what can you do to prevent it?
We’re exposed to electromagnetic fields all of the time. Literally surrounded by them in everything that we do. Whether we are at work or at home, we are surrounded by computers, mobile phones, and wireless technology. Research into the possible effects of long-term EMF exposure is mixed, and there’s still a lot of work to be done. But, it’s a good idea to be aware of emf exposure symptoms so that you know what to look out for. If you spend a lot of time on computers, you might find yourself suffering from headaches, palpitations, red and itchy skin, tiredness and memory problems.
Try to limit these effects by spending less time in the office and taking breaks to stretch your legs and get some fresh air as often as you can and switching your devices off when you get home.
One of the most common health issues relating to too much time in the office is poor posture. We sit hunched over our desks, we’re constantly leaning forward over our phones, and we start to slouch when we get tired. This can lead to long-term back problems, a curvature of the spine, aches and pains, neck problems and other symptoms. Try to maintain an ergonomic desk setup, sit straight and go for regular walks. Then, make sure you check and correct your posture regularly to improve it.
Carpal tunnel is another common issue in people that spend long periods typing. Carpal tunnel is pain in the fingers, wrists, and arms, which can become debilitating without treatment. It’s caused by pressure on your median nerve, which runs the length of your arm through a passage in your wrist called the carpal tunnel. To prevent this, again maintain an ergonomic position and perform wrist exercises to reduce pressure.
Too much time staring at a screen can lead to a deterioration in your eyesight which will only get worse over time. The only real way to avoid this is time off when you can and wearing glasses if you need to.
Lack of Sleep
Excessive screen time can also lead to a lack of sleep. Especially if you are working late into the night. Try to switch off at the end of the working day. Take some time off to unwind and relax, leaving work behind.