Have you made the permanent switch to full or part-time home working? While initially a necessity due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s a trend that has stuck around long after restrictions eased. Hybrid working is now the preferred way of work for the majority of UK employees in 2022, as people continue to enjoy the freedom, relaxation, and privacy home working allows on at least a part-time basis.
There are downsides to home working too, of course. Research from fitted wardrobe specialists Hammonds revealed that 70% of homeworkers found their sleep patterns disrupted during the pandemic, with one in four respondents experiencing restless sleep every night.
With many of us still home working regularly, discover the contributing factors to watch out for below, and read practical tips on overcoming sleep issues.
Who is the most disrupted?
The Hammonds study found that not every home worker is affected equally. Those working from their bedroom – which was over one in five people during the pandemic – were the most likely to experience disruption, suggesting problems with blurred boundaries.
It was also revealed that women worked mostly from the living room (24%), with men typically taking the home office (23%). As a result, 36% of women reported experiencing disrupted sleep, compared to just 21% of men.
Do age and Location make a Difference?
Age and hometown play their part too, with 84% of 18–24-year-olds suffering sleep problems compared to 60% of 55-64-year-olds, likely down to living in closer quarters.
This point is backed up by the fact that home workers in London fared the worst, closely followed by Bristol, Glasgow, and Manchester residents.
Tips on getting better sleep
So how can you combat sleep woes as a homeworker? The NHS flags long work hours as a key cause of tiredness, so it’s important to retain routines even while other elements of your day relax.
Tips such as walking around the block to simulate a commute and tidying away visual reminders of work at the end of the day can help you mentally clock off.
Whether you’re working late or not, it’s wise to keep tech out of the bedroom too. Aim to wind down away from screens with dim lights, warm showers or baths, and a good book.
Getting daylight is also crucial when we’re not leaving the house as much. Combining this need with exercise is a great way to help yourself feel physically tired.
Homeworking Looks Set to Stay
Ultimately, it looks like home working isn’t about to go away any time soon. LinkedIn data shows fully remote roles are rising across the UK, even in sectors with traditionally fewer remote opportunities such as retail and transport.
So if you’re in it for the long haul, follow the tips above to stay rested – and avoid working from a bedroom in London if you can!