What Does Working on a Computer Do to Your Health

Does your job require long hours on the computer?

If you’re like millions of people worldwide, the answer is likely yes. And even if you don’t work on the computer, you may spend a few hours per day browsing the internet and checking social media.

But have you ever thought about what those hours on the computer are potentially doing to your health?

Here are a few areas of caution:

  • Vision
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Poor sleep & fatigue

1. Vision

Looking at a computer screen too long can cause Computer Vision Syndrome. Symptoms include

  • Eye strain
  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry eyes

Possible solution: following the “20-20-20” rule. Focus on something else for 20 seconds, 20 feet away, every 20 minutes to “rest” your eyes.

2. Neck, Shoulder, and Back Pain

Chronic neck, back and shoulder pain is commonly developed in people who use the computer for multiple hours per day. Reason being that our posture suffers when our shoulders are pulled forward to type and click. We also have a tendency to stoop and crane our necks when looking too closely at a screen.

Possible solution: stand up and stretch a couple of times each hour. Set a timer to remind yourself to stand up and walk away from the computer to stretch out your upper body. The breaks will do wonders.

3. Poor Sleep and Fatigue

By now you know that blue light is detrimental to your sleep. By suppressing melatonin production (the hormone that helps us get a restful night of rest), blue light emitted from computer screens and other digital devices can leave us unable to fall asleep at night and/or stay asleep. This means fatigue, grogginess and less productive days. Not to mention the link between poor sleep, weight gain and health issues that have been proven in countless studies.

Possible solution: wear BluTech Lenses while working on the computer to prevent the harmful range of blue light from wreaking havoc on your sleep patterns.

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