Do you telecommute from bed? The health dangers of spending all day lying down

As a result of the quarantine decreed at the beginning of April, the luckiest people have been able to save their jobs throughout these months thanks to the telework formula. Without warning, many have had to immediately adapt to this work practice, that it was already being discussed a lot before the pandemic began to spread throughout our country and that it also raises serious doubts regarding the issue of family reconciliation.

The strangest thing is that your workplace ends up merging with what was once your resting placeHence, both dedications intermingle and in some cases it is difficult to distinguish them. Especially if you directly opt for teleworking from bed, objectively the place of the house to which you retire to rest. In this sense, is lying in bed even though you're being productive and acting like a good employee considered work? Are these the right ways, both to respect your time spent at work, leisure or rest?

Beds are designed to spend a third of those 24 hours, not much more. And a mattress has a half life of 10 years

Obviously not. This will not be another one of those articles that propose you to act as if everything were normal or as before. I mean, you don't have to get up and act with poise and diligence, repeating the routine you had before starting quarantine: a good breakfast, a shower and then dress as if you were going to the office. In fact, it should be more objective Nor does he exert a frontal opposition to the reality of being isolated, as well as not falling into apathy or disappointment and ending up all day in bed before the null expectations that everything would be like three months ago.

"The key is that everything you love about your bed will disappear if you spend too much time in it." This is one of the conclusions he reaches Magdelene Taylor, an American journalist in a column on the subject in 'Mel Magazine'. "The first thing is that it is not designed for you to live permanently in it. Without going any further, hospital beds they are made under the idea that people will spend a lot of continuous time in them, unlike those that companies do for private and domestic consumption, "he says.

A mattress expired prematurely

Therefore, the first reason why you should not spend the entire day in bed, even if you are productive and fulfill the tasks assigned by your company, is basically that it is not made to be used that long. A bed is known to more or less maintain its properties and is healthy (in terms of avoiding back problems or neck pain) during a period not exceeding 10 years. But obviously, they are designed to spend a third of those 24 hours a day has, not much more, so more than one will have already spent an additional month of the life time of their particular mattress. "If you spend twice as much time on a 'normal' mattress, it will only last two and a half years"Taylor calculates." Depending on the warranty, of course. "

If you spend too much time lying down or in bed your sleep schedules will inevitably be altered

Obviously, the mattress is the least of it, since if it breaks you can buy another one. However, what you cannot acquire is another body, and in this sense, just as the mattress shortens its life expectancy, your body does not feel well the fact of living lying down. ¿Years and years of evolution so that now we get used to not putting a foot out of bed? "It will not only destroy your back," stresses the journalist, "but it will also ruin your sleep and rest."

"There is a good chance that even if you are sitting on the bed, you will not keep an upright position," he continues, "surely you are pressing your back against some cushions and the wall or the head of the bed, so your neck and spine will be curved This in turn will cause your neck to spend too much time in tension and your spine to twist down. "Taylor quotes Don Chaffin, director emeritus of the University of Michigan Ergonomics Center, who advises that if you have no choice but to work in bed, do so with a scrolling desk or desk to force your body to feel upright.

But regardless of the physical ailments you risk if you get used to working from bed, you should also be concerned about those related to mental health. Indeed, if you spend too much time lying down or in bed, your sleep schedules will inevitably be altered. "Our brain has assimilated certain sleeping conditions, and develops spatio-temporal associations on when and how to sleep", Taylor points out. "Normally, we associate being in bed with rest." Therefore, if you fulfill your workday from it, when the time comes to call Morpheus unconsciously, your body and your brain will feel strange, since they have been stuck there all the time of wakefulness.

The best way to avoid working from bed is to adopt a series of habits, which must not become acting like you really go to your workplace. The simplest of them all is to make the bed. In my particular case, which of course I have also had to telework in recent weeks, is the one that works best to put you in a position to face the workday. You can't tidy up ideas and draw energy if your entire surrounding space is messy or your bed remains unmade. Firstly, because it is too tempting that you do not end up returning to it at some point in the morning, and secondly, because making bed is still the first unconscious duty in the daily life of a person. The very act of doing it involves leaving everything prepared to reach it at the end of the day and shelter under its sheets. And with it, say goodbye to another day that ends and say mentally: see you tomorrow.