Why computer programmers should never take their laptop to bed with them

Computer programmers, also known as developers, coders, or software engineers, is someone who writes software for computers. Software can be written in many different computer languages including Assembler, COBOL, C, C++, C#, Java, Lisp, Python and Web. Computer programmers not only write software, they also test, debug, and maintain the programs. Many like to do this work laying on their best mattress from the comfort of their own home, since it can be a solitary role.

Software engineering requires careful attention to minute details and for you to sit in front of the computer for many hours. Study show that computer programmers can be highly productive for only a few hours at a time. If you work in this field, consider the following tips to keep relaxed during your non-working hours and to replenish your mental capacity so you can work efficiently and effectively.

Practice Good Computer Habits

Because software engineers work for long hours in front of the computer, they may experience aches and pains in their bodies from minor muscle aches that lasts a few hours to tendon issues that lasts years. Common physical complaints from computer programmers originate at the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and neck. They complain of aches, pain, burning, numbness, and tingling.

Listen to Your Body

Once you start feeling any pain, do not ignore it. Pay attention to the discomfort, figure out what is causing it, and relieve the tension immediately.

Take Breaks

Take a break every hour to stand, stretch, and walk for a few minutes. If you need to, use a timer so you can keep track of the time.

Correct Chair Position

Adjust your chair so that your feet are supported by the floor and your back is supported by the back of the seat. Your sitting posture should be slightly leaning to the back of your chair. Get rid of any armrests, as they can get in the way of good posture.

Correct Monitor Position

Adjust the computer monitor so that the top of the screen is level to your eyes and is directly in front of you when you are properly seated, about an arm’s length away.

Correct Keyboard Position

Adjust the keyboard so that it is low in height, about the height of your elbows. Your mouse should be right next to your keyboard. The keyboard should be flat so that your wrists are straight.

Relaxation Techniques

A computer programmer’s mind is riddled with how to solve coding issues. Their attention to detail often wreaks havoc on the software engineer’s mind. Take a break from work and recharge your mind by using any of the following relaxation techniques.

Deep Breathing

To practice deep breathing, sit or lie comfortably and close your eyes. Inhale deeply through your nose to the count of five, and hold it for a few seconds before exhaling slowly through your nose to the count of five. Set your timer for at least five minutes.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Lie comfortably on the floor and close your eyes. From your toes to your head, engage one muscle group at a time. Hold the contraction as hard as you can before releasing and moving on to the next muscle group. When you have reached your head, just breathe deeply five more times.

Guided Meditation

There are many short guided meditations available on Youtube. Pick a few out that you like, and practice guided meditation on your breaks or after work before bed. Remember to sit comfortably with your eyes closed in a quiet space.

Get Good Sleep

Nothing recharges your mind and body better than a good night’s rest. To do so, make sure you don’t eat a heavy meal right before going to bed and don’t partake in too much alcohol. Make sure the room is cool, dark, and quiet. Make your bed a sleep haven by investing in a good mattress, pillows and sheets. Only use your bed for sleep and sex, so don’t ever take your laptop in bed with you.

Eat Healthy

When you eat healthy, your body and mind can function at their optimal levels. Drink lots of water and make sure you get all your food groups in the correct proportions.

Exercise Regularly

Exercising gives you energy and keeps you healthy. Make sure you are doing some sort of exercise at least four times a week for an hour so your body and your mind can attack any computer programming issue.

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