Whilst people working remotely is not a new concept, the global coronavirus outbreak has led to large portions of the nation now working from home for the next few weeks.
However, this doesn’t mean you can start enjoying a lazy 10 am starts every day and clocking off early. For some, this practice will increase their productivity levels; with others finding it easier to work at night instead of the day – perhaps if they also have to home school their children.
Working from home does have an impact on your sleep, with disruptions to your regular routines having a knock-on effect, so for our latest blog, UK Bed Store is sharing the best ways to continue sleeping well.
8 Ways to Keep Productive Working from Home
1. Keeping to a regular daily routine will maintain your mental focus and keep your body clock in sync. Don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button just because you do not have to physically go to work. Have a morning shower, dress for work and have a balanced breakfast like you would on a ‘normal’ day.
2. Before your working day begins or during a mid-morning break get some natural light, whether this is a brisk walk or 10 minutes in the garden with a cup of tea. Natural light is still effective on cloudy or grey days and helps us to reset our internal body clock.
3. Make sure you put boundaries in place and try to keep to your working hours as much as possible. Try not to be available ‘all the time’ such as checking emails or working too close to bedtime as this could impact the time you fall asleep.
4. Create a designated area for working (if possible) and commit to using it only during working hours. Try not to make this space your bedroom, as working from your bed is not good for posture or productivity.
5. Take regular breaks every hour to stretch your legs and get a change of scenery.
6. Working from home can have effects on your mental health, which in turn can have an impact on your sleep. While you may miss the office or factory floor banter, there are platforms such as Skype that will help you stay connected, plus you can see and speak to your colleagues.
7. Stay hydrated by making sure you regularly have a drink. Try keeping a bottle of water on your desk and use time making a brew for a break from your computer.
8. Finally, avoid stocking up on caffeine during the afternoon when you hit the post-lunch dip. Although caffeine affects us all differently, give yourself enough time between your last caffeine intake and bedtime so it doesn’t interfere with your sleep. If you start feeling lethargic in the afternoon, spend 10 minutes outside or put on some of your favourite songs to lift your mood.
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