Why You Need to Take Breaks from Your Computer Screen

How much time would you say you spend in front of a computer screen? If your job requires you to use a computer, you’re probably looking at a minimum of 6-8 hours just at work, to say nothing of any computer time you might have at home. 

By the end of the day, you could easily have clocked 10 or more hours in front of a computer screen. It’s important to take breaks so you aren’t in front of the screen all day.

Prevent Strain

Sitting in front of a computer for hours on end may not seem like the most strenuous job there is. In all fairness, it’s certainly less physically demanding than, say, a manual labor job like construction. That doesn’t mean that you can’t experience strain, however. 

Working at a computer for hours and hours can strain your eyes, wrists, fingers, and even your elbows. Taking breaks can help you avoid computer-related overuse injuries that could compromise your ability to work effectively.

Prevent Dry Eyes

Have you ever noticed that your eyes feel tired or even burn after sitting at your computer for an extended period? People tend to blink less when looking at screens. That causes the eyes to dry out, which is uncomfortable at best. 

Dry eyes are especially common after the age of 50. Taking breaks helps you prevent dry eyes by resuming your normal blinking patterns. You can use the 20-20-20 rule to help with this. Simply look at something about 20 feet away from you for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.

Perform Better

Did you know that taking breaks can help you be more productive? It may seem a bit counterintuitive at first–after all, you’re losing time, right? The truth of the matter is that taking breaks helps you step away so you can process information. You may find that your break gives you a chance to gain additional perspective and insight that allows you to work more productively and efficiently when you come back. It’s a great way to keep yourself from getting stuck in a rut or to break out of one once you’re in it.

Today’s digital world practically requires people to spend time at a computer. Staring at a computer screen all day isn’t good for anyone though. Take small breaks periodically, even if all you do is stand up and stretch. If you can, take a 5-10 minute break each hour. Try setting a timer for yourself so you get the breaks you need to be at your best the whole time.

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