Danger: Workers in Bed

By Alyse Borkan  |  Aug 19, 2014
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We already know that people are napping at work. Employees get sleepy during the day, and sometimes they need a quick, energy-boosting siesta.

But it turns out that this may not just be due to that “2:30 feeling.” Some people are staying up later because they’re working from the comfort of their beds.

The “Dozing Desk” exists for a reason: 50 percent of employees read and respond to work emails from bed. 1 in 5 spends at least two hours a week working in bed. And “80 percent of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed,” according to Martin Rawls-Meehan.

When we stare at a computer screen in the hours before we go to sleep, it messes with our circadian rhythms and causes us to sleep poorly. Experts suggest keeping electronics out of the bedroom; we have to train ourselves to know that the bedroom is for sleeping. It all adds up to a bad night’s sleep.

The bottom line is, we’re going to check emails. We’re going to have blue LCD screens shining in our face late at night. It’s 2014. There’s isn’t much we can do about. Maybe we should all just get flux, or, at least, a comfortable bed.

– Josh Segal

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