Everyday Ergonomics

With the semester soon coming to an end, many students will be spending more time studying and using their computers. Whether they are in the library or at home on their laptops many students face issues with fatigue, common aches, and the pains of prolonged computer use. Understanding ergonomics will help students study more efficiently. Therefore, it is important to be aware of a few simple ways to avoid these problems. You will find many different techniques that may help you study more easily and comfortably. These techniques are different for everyone so it is important to develop a better understanding of your own study habits. Once you know this you can then go on to fixing any problems that may be occurring.

Taking periodic breaks during study sessions is a great way to reduce the risk of fatigue, and for many people this will help retain the information you are learning. Taking a break is a great chance to stand up and stretch as well as walk around and get your blood flowing. These breaks should be spaced equally throughout a particular session or work period. Too few or too many breaks can cause this technique to be less effective; this is why it is important to understand your body and habits. Getting enough sleep is a great example of a technique that depends entirely on the individual. Sleeping and being well rested boosts energy and productivity. Another technique involves eating or snacking. Food is fuel for the brain and body and can help your energy levels stay consistent over a given period of time. Try to avoid unhealthy snacks with large amounts of sugar and caffeine. These two components will give you bursts of energy but have been proven to wear off fast leaving your brain and body more fatigued in the end. Using these techniques as well as any others that personally help you get through the work day are extremely important to staying healthy and developing good study and work habits.

Source:
Health and Safety Executive
Article title “Human factors: Fatigue”
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http://www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/topics/fatigue.htm

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