Whether you prefer a fitness tracker or a classic watch, it can be tempting to slip it on and wear it all the time. From counting your steps to tracking your sleep, modern watches can do much more than just tell the time. But it turns out that never taking your watch off can have some pretty nasty consequences.
We’re also guilty of sleeping with our smartwatches, but we’ll probably reconsider that habit once we find out what potential problems it could pose.
You May Feel Wrist Pain
If you never take your watch off, the continual compression of the nerves in your wrist can cause painful sensations. And if your watch is too bulky and heavy, and you wear it too tight, it can lead to nerve damage.
If you feel numbness or tingling in your wrist, try tightening and loosening the strap or stop wearing the watch for a while.
It Might Lead To Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you keep ignoring the discomfort of wearing your watch all the time, it can lead to some pretty nasty consequences like carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is caused by constant compression of the nerves and can cause constant pain and weakness in your hand, even if you no longer wear the watch.
You May Notice Marks On Your Wrist
While your watch strap should fit snug enough to keep it from slipping off your wrist, it shouldn’t press against your skin and leave itchy marks. Light marks on the skin that disappear very quickly are not a problem, but if you notice red marks that remain on your skin for a while, it could be a sign that you are using the watch too much.
If you don’t loosen your watch strap or let your skin breathe, it can cause long-term irritation and rashes.
It Might Give You Muscle Cramps
If you wear your favorite watch 24/7, the constant compression of the strap can restrict blood circulation and cause numbness. The lack of blood flow, in turn, can lead to painful muscle cramps and even affect work performance.
How often do you use your watch? Have you ever noticed any discomfort when using it?