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Why Sitting at your Computer All Day is Exhausting

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 20/07/2017 - 16:52

Many of us often wonder why we feel exhausted after working all day on our computer. Relax!, there is explanation for the tired, weary feeling that accompanies a long day at your desk which is called Mental Fatigue.

Mental Fatigue is as exhausting as a long run as it drains our energy completely because the body’s reaction to mental fatigue is the same with physical exhaustion.

According to Dr. Steven Feinsilver, the director of Sleep Medicine at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, “Your muscles normally aren’t sucking a lot of oxygen out of you…With exercise, they will. But the brain always takes a lot of your energy.”

Spending long hours at your computer can put your health at risk. It can eventually lead to chronic fatigue syndrome which targets the Nervous System.

Negative Effects of Long hours on the Computer

  • Eye strain
  • Repetitive Stress Syndrome (RSI)
  • Constant Head Aches
  • Dizziness
  • Breathing Problems

Tips on how to fight Computer Fatigue

  • Have a Proper Workstation Setup

The best sitting position is sitting with your shoulders relaxed; forearms and hands forming a straight line with your feet flat on the floor and the top of your monitor at your eye-level. All of this leads helps reduce your stress level. The best angle for your spine is between 120 and 135.

  • Minimize Your Eye Strain

We often overlook the fact that our eyes can be so tired, blurry, which determines your mood for the day. Do not allow your laptop screen to be so bright.

If possible, replace fluorescent bulbs with halogen lighting, shades and curtains to dampen any bright sources of light so as to protect your eyes.

  • Endeavour to take frequent breaks

Do not forget to take frequent breaks, take a walk to get your blood flowing, and refresh your mind. 

In conclusion, stretch your back from time to time and do neck exercises too so that your muscles can relax.







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