Wonder why you feel tired and exhausted sometimes after using the computer? You may be suffering from "email apnea" - a term that refers to how about 80% of computer users stop breathing while typing. This can trigger the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and put us into "fight or flight mode."
According to an article the Daily Mail:
In the comfort of an office, email apnea can cause undue stress to both the body and the mind.... When activated, the SNS – among other things - can cause pupils to dilate, increases heart palpitations, dilates our blood vessels in the face and can lead to restless legs and excessive sweating.
You can even become lightheaded while writing an email, as one blogger noted:
‘I must've slipped a little too deeply into the zone,’ he said. ‘A head shake and a couple breaths later, and I was back at it.
‘Within minutes, the same light-headed feeling was back. I'd stopped breathing, again.’
It can be very easy to forget the body when pulled into cyberspace. When at the computer for long periods of time, try to take some yoga breaks and do some pranayama breathing. This can be as simple as taking long deep breaths in and out, or taking a "breath of fire" break to perform the kundalini yoga "ego buster" while in your office chair.
Learning a few chair yoga poses can also help to decompress from computer-induced fight or flight. Here are a few things you can do in your office chair:
- seated twists
- gentle backbends
- shoulder openers
- lateral stretches
I also have a foot massager underneath my desk now; it's therapeutic and also relaxing!
The most important thing is to just remember to breathe!