How to set up your bed to be a productive work space when you are working from home

In March, the pandemic forced millions of workers to change their work situation almost overnight. Before the pandemic, only 17 percent of the American workforce worked from home five days a week, and according to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, 42 percent of the U.S. labor force is working full-time from home as of June 2020. This quick shift to working from home did not allow workers proper time to prepare their home for this change forcing people to create temporary workspaces, some even using their bed as a workspace. 

Months later, many people are still working in these makeshift setups and many may find themselves working at home permanently. According to a study by economists at Harvard Business School, one in six workers is projected to keep working from home at least two days a week after the pandemic is over.

In general, it is recommended to have separate places for sleep and for work because the brain creates mental associations between locations and activities. Working from your bed can potentially affect your sleep because your brain will see it as a place for work. If you need to use your bed as your workspace, there are several things you can do to help improve your comfort and productivity. Before getting ready for bed, make sure to clear off and put away all work related material. Make sure to turn off your laptop and other bright screens which can reduce the amount of melatonin you need to fall asleep.

There are possible health issues that can occur from balancing your laptop on your thighs for long hours. The heat generated from the laptop can possibly affect your fertility and hunching over the screen can cause back issues. A lap desk or tray will elevate your device and provide a sturdier surface to work from.

The soft surface of the mattress makes sitting upright on the bed without back support for long periods uncomfortable. A foam bed wedge pillow is an economic solution that provides sloped support which is more ergonomic than sitting against your headboard. If you will be working from your bed for the foreseeable future, you may want to consider investing in an adjustable base frame that can raise and lower the bed to any position you like using a remote control. An adjustable base can be positioned to provide tailored back, leg and joint support, alleviating pressure points, allowing you to focus on work. All the mattresses from Custom Mattress Makers work well with adjustable bases.

Why should you choose Custom Mattress Makers for your adjustable bed mattress? We offer a combination of durability and comfort that is hard to beat. A keen focus on materials helped us to concentrate our efforts on thicker coils for our mattresses. This improves the longevity of our products. We also use high-density foam for the same reason. The final key to our success is creating just the right arrangement of coils within the mattresses. Custom Mattress Makers believes that a higher concentration of coils makes for the most comfortable sleeping experience.

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