Millions of people are working from home these days, and the abrupt shift in workplace dynamics has thrown a few people. Yet, for people who suffer from sleep disorders and other health problems, life just got a lot easier.
Caz Bevan, the co-founder of Creatives Scale, believes the pandemic has merely accelerated a beneficial trend for many. “We founded our company with the idea that we could tap into a massive amount of creative talent out there from people who need to be able to work from home, whether they’re struggling with their health, a stay-at-home mom, or have another reason.”
Caz is an advocate of supporting all reasons to work from home. “People need to make a living, and making a living isn’t always easy,” she says. “I am a big advocate of Rising Voices and everything they do for sleep disorders. If you’re working from home and in need of support for your sleep disorder, I recommend following them.” Here’s what makes working at home better for people with sleep disorders (and other chronic conditions):
You Can More Easily Adjust Your Routine
Sleep/wake cycles are influenced both by internal physiological rhythms and environmental cues. At home, you can control your environment and make adjustments that suit your specific needs far more easily than you can in an office.
When you’re home, you’re in charge of everything from the temperature of your workspace to the amount of light you’re getting each day — both of which can affect your sleep. You may also be able to adjust your schedule so that you start later or work in the evening if that improves your productivity.
You Can Avoid the Danger of a Commute
People with sleep disorders often struggle with drowsiness, and drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of crashes on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there are about 100,000 wrecks involving drowsy drivers every year, but private studies by other researchers estimate the real tally is about 350% higher.
Commuting to work when you have a sleep disorder can be difficult, exhausting, and dangerous. Working from home eliminates these unnecessary stressors in your life and keeps you safer.
You Can Manage Your Medical Treatment Better
Anybody with a disability knows one thing for certain: Visits with medical providers can be time-consuming. When you work in an office with other people, a doctor’s appointment is massively disruptive to your day.
Even a simple follow-up appointment requires you to stop all your work and head out the door for an indefinite time. It’s easy to lose a whole day. When you’re at home, you have the flexibility to schedule your appointments in a way that won’t unduly disrupt your work.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a sea-change in the workplace and expanded work-at-home opportunities immensely. For people who have long struggled with disabilities like sleep disorders, the success of work-at-home programs is a bittersweet confirmation of what they’ve always known: Working at home really works.