An increasing number of businesses are announcing extensions to their work-from-home policies for workers who can complete their tasks outside of the office. Work-at-home orders are designed to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, however, an unforeseen consequence has risen for many: sleep deprivation.
Working from home has a number of advantages, including reduced commuting time, improved flexibility, increased productivity, and a claimed improvement in general satisfaction.
Despite these benefits, working remotely can put pressure on employees to be always online, responsive, and available. Our demand to be always connected, as well as the technologies we use to keep connected, might have a detrimental influence on our sleepover time. Hybrid and remote work looks to be here to stay, and we must learn how to balance our online and offline time in order to preserve healthy sleep patterns.
How to improve sleep when working from home
Stick to clear working hours.
When working remotely, there is no obvious separation between work and home life, so you must set your own boundaries and draw a line between work and leisure time. This is essential for keeping balance and allowing yourself time to relax before bedtime.
Try to just work for a limited amount of time, and after that, go for a walk or do some modest activity that will help you relax. To prevent getting hooked into anything that will destroy your downtime and sleep, turn off work-related alerts on your personal devices.
Get some morning sunlight
Your internal clock, commonly known as your circadian rhythm, is kept in check by morning light. You may have had that morning light exposure when driving or walking to your workplace every day before you started working from home, but now you must schedule a time to step outside. Morning light therapy is a powerful antidepressant, comparable to pharmaceutical antidepressants.
Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Working from home threw most people’s routines off and affected their sleep patterns. Because our bodies want consistency, sleeping late and pressing snooze because you don’t have to drive to work might be the perfect option.
Set a definite bedtime and wake time to get back into the swing of things. Once you’ve created a schedule, try not to deviate from it.
Separate your work and sleeping spaces.
Create a distinct workspace that you exclusively use during working hours to create an effective barrier between working and resting (therefore making it easier to sleep). The bedroom should be used for sleeping and sex only, with no technology allowed.
Stay in touch with your social connections
Loneliness can impair your sleep quality, and vice versa. There are many methods to remain in touch with friends, family, and coworkers without leaving your house. For a more personalized connection, use video calls instead of emails or text messages.
While working remotely, balancing your online and offline time may make a big impact on the quality of your sleep and your productivity. Poor sleep equals poor work, therefore make sure you get a decent night’s sleep so you can work happy, healthy, and energized!
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d. We may also collect information about you from other organisations, if this is appropriate. These include fraud-prevention agencies, business directories and credit reference agencies. We may also collect information about you from other companies, our business, or joint venture partners.
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The personal information we collect
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ii. your preferences for particular products, services or lifestyle activities when you tell us what they are – or when we assume what they are, depending on how you use our products and services;
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iv. your account information – such as phone number, handset type, handset model,, whether you are a post or prepaid customer, dates of payment owed and received, TopUp information, the subscription services you use or any other information related to your account.
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ii. the date, time and length of the calls and messages you send or receive through our network, and your approximate location at the time these communications take place;
iii. the level of service you receive – for example, network faults and other network events which may affect our network services;
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v. the date, time and length of your internet browsing, and your approximate location at the time of browsing;
vi. your brand preference, preferred video categories, related preferences (e.g. team choice); and type of services you typically access.
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xii. prevent and detect fraud or other crimes, recover debts or trace those who owe us money;
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k. The information we use will be your approximate location, based on the nearest mobile cell site. As a result, this will change as you move around with your mobile phone.
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v. where applicable, debt collection agencies or other debt recovery organisations;
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vii. emergency services (if you make an emergency call), including your approximate location.
n. We will release information if it's reasonable for the purpose of protecting us against fraud, defending our rights or property, or to protect the interests of our customers.
o. If we are reorganised or sold to another organisation, we may transfer any personal information we hold about you to that organisation.
p. We will transfer your information to Mondia Media our service provider. Mondia Media servers are based outside South Africa in Germany where adequate data protection laws exist to protect the privacy and security of your information. We have also signed a contract with Mondia Media with data protection provisions to ensure the security and protection of the privacy of your information.
q. At your option, we may also share your information with partner organisations we've chosen carefully, so they can contact you about their products and services.
Keeping your personal information secure
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s. If we have a contract with another organisation to provide us with services or a service on our behalf to process your personal information, we will make sure they have appropriate security measures and only process your information in the way we've authorised them to. These organisations will not be entitled to use your personal information for their own purposes. If necessary, our security teams will check them to make sure they meet the security requirements we have set.
t. Communications over the internet (such as emails) are not secure unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may go through a number of countries before being delivered – as this is the nature of the internet. We cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that's beyond our control.
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