Bedrooms, Work Spaces, and Sleep

Experts will tell you that you shouldn’t use your bedroom for lots of other activities, but that it should mainly be devoted to sleeping. It’s true and many people have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep if the bedroom is also used for other purposes.

Since my new computer is in my bedroom and I’m setting up a mini office, I’m going to have to find ways around that. It hasn’t been a problem so far, except for one night. I worked on the computer late into the night. I was dozing at my desk, so I gave up and got ready for bed. It was weird that I couldn’t keep my eyes open at the desk, but then once I crawled into bed, I laid awake and stared at the ceiling. My mind was wide awake, even though my body was tired.

I suddenly thought of so many things to write! I was writing away inside my head but knew if I got up to start typing, I’d once again be dozing off. I got up and made just a few notes then went into the living room to watch TV. I soon found myself dozing off again.

This time, when I went to bed, I was able to fall asleep. Since that time, I’ve made it a habit to stop working as it gets late and go do something else before getting ready for bed. I’ll read for a few minutes, in another room, or watch a little TV. As long as I leave the room and engage in another activity for at least a little while, I don’t have trouble sleeping.

So, if you have no choice but to have your workspace in your room, you might want to try avoiding work directly before bed or moving on to another activity before trying to sleep.