Whether you’re using a desktop, a laptop or even a tabletusing a computer is a necessity in today’s day and age. Staring at the screen, typing continuously, having an incorrect posture and constant proximity to the digital world may have become the norm, but if you spend more than four to five hours a day on your computer, it’s time to stop and see the many ways it can affect your health in.

1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CST) is an injury related to constant stress while working on a computer, and is often caused due to repetitive joint movements, especially the wrist. Constantly working on your computer can cause discomfort and pain in your neck, shoulders, back, wrist and fingers. In most cases, CST is said to be caused by repetitive stress that is a result of using the keyboard and mouse constantly, especially when they are not positioned properly while using.

How To Beat It

  • Place your mouse next to your keyboard and ensure the keyboard is at a convenient height and distance, so that you do not have to slouch forward.
  • Move your wrists and fingers while typing and do not keep them in one fixed position.
  • Take a break every half an hour or so in-between your typing.

2. Difficulty In Vision
Staring at the computer screen for long hours means that you are constantly exposed to a bright and glaring light, as well as flickering images. While working, you may often forget to blink, which can lead to dry eyes and itchiness.

Computer vision syndrome is a degenerative eye condition, which can result in reduced eyesight, blurry vision, eye strain and even glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve which can lead to vision loss).

How To Beat It

  • Adjust your screen’s brightness to a comfortable level, so that your eyes don’t feel the strain.
  • Keep the screen at a good distance.
  • Make sure to blink and look away from the screen at regular intervals.

3. Weight Gain & Obesity
Using computers for long hours means that you are sitting in one place and hardly get any exercise, besides eating all that junk food as you work. Sitting for long hours and a lack of physical activity can severely increase your chances of gaining weight and becoming obese.

What You Can Do

  • Take regular breaks if you work on the computer for long periods of time. Get out of your seat and take a walk around your office floor. Or get to the staircase and go up and down a few floors.
  • Avoid keeping junk food near you and snack on healthy foods. Opt for a cup of green tea instead of sipping on soda.
  • Avoid using the computer once you are off work.

4. Posture-Related Problems
Your posture often goes for a toss while working on the computer, which can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue. Pain in the back, arms, shoulders, chest and feet are also very common, along with a feeling of numbness.

What You Can Do

  • Make sure your chair is comfortable and your screen is at eye level or lower, but definitely not higher.
  • Keep your back straight and your legs on the floor.
  • Take a break every half an hour and stretch your body.

5. Headache
While neck pain is common, excessive computer usage can also give you a headache. Vision defects or eye strain (caused by the computer) could also trigger a headache.

What You Can Do

  • Make sure your neck is not strained and is straight at all times. Practice a few neck stretches in between work. Give your neck a slight rub to ease tension.
  • Get your eyesight tested to ensure you do not have a vision problem or need numbered glasses.
  • Keep yourself hydrated and have as much water as you can while working on the computer. Dehydration often leads to a headache.

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A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.