Using a laptop continuously can be a pain in the neck or an eyesore. It can also affect your general health and wellbeing. Here’s your guide to ensuring that you eliminate all the health hazards of a laptop.
Here are some of the steps with the help of which a laptop can be used without undergoing the trauma of its ill effects. Laptops are absolutely fine when used properly. There are plenty of ways by which you can make yourself safer and more comfortable while handling the world on your lap.
Get a Large Screen
People often relate a big screen with the movie-buffs. But in reality, choosing a laptop with a wider screen helps avoid the stressful posture that results because of straining to see the text on a smaller screen. But if you are always on the run, a large screen may seem like an extra baggage. The smaller screens are useful in mobile setting. Even if you have to pick a small one, ensure that the text on the screen is easily visible. Another fact here, the larger the screen, the larger is the keyboard, which makes it easier to use and doesn’t cramp your neck or wrist. If you are unable to buy a large screened laptop, you can increase the font size to avoid straining your eyes.
Level to the Eye
The screen should be at the same level or angle as your eyes, so that you don’t have to bend or rotate your head in order to keep your eyes on the screen. Ideally keep the laptop a forearm’s length away from you.
Use a Separate Mouse
A separate mouse gives you some freedom to move your wrists better. You can keep the mouse by the side of the laptop which helps in keeping the wrists flat and saves you from wrist injuries.
Use a Separate Keyboard
The screen and the keyboard of the laptop are very close, which forces you to stick your face onto the screen. Therefore, it exerts a pressure on the eyes, resulting in strain and puffy eyes. You can connect a separate keyboard, positioning it in a manner that allows your shoulder to be straight. The elbow should be at 90 degrees to the keyboard.
Take a Break
Take short breaks every two hours and keep the eyes off the screen every half hour for a minute or two. Make regular breaks a habitual routine. If you’re moving around, there’s a lot less stress on your muscles and joints. Regular breaks will relieve the upper body tension.
If you can’t use a separate keyboard and mouse, an alternative is to find a chair that allows you to recline slightly. This will allow you to position the laptop keyboard and mouse in such a way that it would exert the least strain on your neck. Angle the screen slightly upwards so you can view the screen without having to bend your neck too far down.