It may sound like the ideal work-from home-scenario. Wearing your PJ’s all day, soft pillows surrounding you, propped up in the coziest space in the house — your bedroom. But there is scientific evidence showing this can negatively affect your nighttime sleep and your work productivity.
The Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard states that “keeping computers, TVs, and work materials out of the room will strengthen the mental association between your bedroom and sleep.” Work shouldn’t happen where you sleep. Only two things are recommended for your bedroom, according to this study. They suggest, “it may help to limit your bedroom activities to sleep and sex only.
When your brain associates your bedroom with a place for work instead of more relaxing activities, it can become quite difficult to fall asleep.
Maintaining a relaxing, separate space dedicated to sleep makes it easier for the body and mind to unwind. When you declare your bed a “no work zone,” the simple act of getting into bed will cue the body that it’s time for sleep.
Plus, this mental link of bedroom = relaxation, can hamper your work productivity as well. If your brain is in “relax mode” while in bed, trying to focus and get work done can be difficult.
Another downside of working in bed, especially at night, is the exposure to blue light. This goes for phones, tablets, and TV’s too. Looking at a bright screen before bed reduces the melatonin needed to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
As tempting as it may be to make your bed a secondary workspace, you want your bedroom to be a relaxing sanctuary. One that promotes healthy, restful sleep. That may mean changing up a few habits, like keeping work out of your bed, keeping your room dark at night, and removing electronics altogether. The wellness benefits will pay off with the rejuvenating sleep that you deserve.
At Custom Comfort Mattress, our mission is to help you achieve your best sleep. We’d love to show you how our handcrafted mattresses can help you create a comfortable sleep environment and a restful, healthy night’s sleep.