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Should You Study or Work in Your Bedroom?

For many law students, and lawyers, their bedroom might be the only place in their homes where they can find the peace and quiet needed to study or work from home.

Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever tried to study in bed can attest to, studying in bed is a great way to start an unplanned, and incredibly disruptive (though usually amazing) nap. Additionally, by regularly using your bed, or even your bedroom, as your studying or working location, you might be impacting your normal sleep.

So what's a student or work-from-home lawyer to do?

Don't Study in Bed

Simply put, if you can avoid studying in bed, you should. The bedroom, and your bed in particularly, should be places you associate with rest, not studying. And in all likelihood, you already do, and that's why you fall asleep while studying in bed despite being caffeinated and well rested.

If your bedroom is the only location you can work without disruptions at home, then you should consider creating a specific corner with a desk and proper desk chair, so that minimally, you maintain good posture, and aren't tempted to just close your eyes for a minute while studying horizontally.

Part-Time Home Office

While students might think a home office is excessive, if you plan to study at home and have roommates, a significant other, or family, it may be a necessity. Depending on your home's floor plan, finding a quiet space to work and study that isn't your bedroom might be impossible (think studio apartment). In these situations, getting out of the house might be the only way, unless you can hang a curtain, or put up a divider to cordon off your desk.

But, if there's a living room, or a kitchen, you can try to establish quiet hours, or change your sleep schedule to wake up a couple hours before everyone else, so you can get that peace and quiet you need.

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