Why it’s Important to Separate Your Workspace from Your Bedroom

superheroyou Why it's Important to Separate Your Workspace from Your Bedroom

We all know that getting enough quality sleep is essential to daily function. But after 16.3 hours of work and other activities, the average working American with children gets just 7.7 hours of sleep. In other words, we spend more time doing everything else than we do sleeping. That’s probably no surprise – when was the last time you got a solid 8 hours of sleep? How about your friends?

Our responsibilities can be so demanding that they take over our sleep and relaxation space. Have you ever been so swamped with work that you typed a paper on your bed? It seems like a great idea. But doing so may actually keep you from accomplishing quality work and achieving a relaxing night of sleep. It’s important to leave work-related activities out of the bedroom for a good night’s rest. Here’s why.

When you walk into your room, your brain hits relaxation mode.

The bedroom is a place to relax and de-stress from the craziness of the day. After a long day of work, your body is pleading for rest. This is because a chemical called adenosine builds up in our bodies while we are awake during the day and causes drowsiness. This is also why as soon as you get into your room, the first thing you do is take off your shoes and lay down to get comfortable. These are natural bodily reactions that you can’t do in any other place. You can’t go to work in your nightgown and decide to take a nap. You can only do that in the bedroom. Therefore the bedroom should remain that separate place of solace.

Being in relaxation mode can prevent you from focusing.

Normally, the bed is where you sleep every night and on average, it takes about 7 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re doing work on the bed, you are most likely going to fall asleep or have the urge to do so. Simply being in bed puts the brain into rest mode and before you know it you’re out like a light. And you most likely won’t get a good night’s rest with all your work taking up space on the bed.

There are too many distractions.

Being in your bedroom alone is a situation rife with distractions. You may be tempted to watch TV or listen to music. When it’s around 8 pm it’s hard to resist primetime television. All of our favorite shows come on at night. Before you know it, you are trying to watch an episode of Blue Bloods while also reading an important assignment. You can’t really enjoy watching TV and focus on the assignment at the same time.

Do yourself a favor and leave work out of the bedroom. Delegate time to work outside of the bedroom. Create a space in the house with a desk where you can work without distractions. That way, when you get in your bedroom you can relax without the stresses of the day ruminating in your mind.

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Written by Bianca Rosembert

We all know that getting enough quality sleep is essential to daily function. But after 16.3 hours of work and other activities, the average working American with children gets just 7.7 hours of sleep. In other words, we spend more time doing everything else than we do sleeping. That’s probably no surprise – when was the last time you got a solid 8 hours of sleep? How about your friends?

Our responsibilities can be so demanding that they take over our sleep and relaxation space. Have you ever been so swamped with work that you typed a paper on your bed? It seems like a great idea. But doing so may actually keep you from accomplishing quality work and achieving a relaxing night of sleep. It’s important to leave work-related activities out of the bedroom for a good night’s rest. Here’s why.

When you walk into your room, your brain hits relaxation mode.

The bedroom is a place to relax and de-stress from the craziness of the day. After a long day of work, your body is pleading for rest. This is because a chemical called adenosine builds up in our bodies while we are awake during the day and causes drowsiness. This is also why as soon as you get into your room, the first thing you do is take off your shoes and lay down to get comfortable. These are natural bodily reactions that you can’t do in any other place. You can’t go to work in your nightgown and decide to take a nap. You can only do that in the bedroom. Therefore the bedroom should remain that separate place of solace.

Being in relaxation mode can prevent you from focusing.

Normally, the bed is where you sleep every night and on average, it takes about 7 minutes to fall asleep. If you’re doing work on the bed, you are most likely going to fall asleep or have the urge to do so. Simply being in bed puts the brain into rest mode and before you know it you’re out like a light. And you most likely won’t get a good night’s rest with all your work taking up space on the bed.

There are too many distractions.

Being in your bedroom alone is a situation rife with distractions. You may be tempted to watch TV or listen to music. When it’s around 8 pm it’s hard to resist primetime television. All of our favorite shows come on at night. Before you know it, you are trying to watch an episode of Blue Bloods while also reading an important assignment. You can’t really enjoy watching TV and focus on the assignment at the same time.

Do yourself a favor and leave work out of the bedroom. Delegate time to work outside of the bedroom. Create a space in the house with a desk where you can work without distractions. That way, when you get in your bedroom you can relax without the stresses of the day ruminating in your mind.

Liked this? Check out An Empty Inbox Does Not Equal Productivity!

Written by Bianca Rosembert

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