Is Sleeping With The TV On Really Bad For You?

December 30, 2019

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In a perfect world, we’d all power down our electronic devices at least a half hour before bed, take a bath, read a relaxing book, meditate and then drift off to sleep in our freshly washed lavender-scented sheets. But in reality most of us resort to watching TV while in bed trying to sleep. Many experts say this is a terrible habit and have suggested we remove TV sets from our bedrooms. But is fall asleep with the TV on really a bad idea?  Depends.  On the one hand, many sleep and mental health experts say falling asleep with the television on can disrupt the production of melatonin, which is a hormone that is released that helps us to sleep soundly. Watching TV before bed can increase your sleep debt.  If you get sucked into a show and continue to watch it instead of going to sleep, you will not get enough sleep. Plus, our brains still process sounds when we’re asleep, so having the TV on all night can disrupt our slumber. However one researcher says that many people have become accustomed to falling asleep with the TV on to block out other sounds or distract themselves from thoughts or feelings of anxiety while they fall asleep. Others find the sound of TV soothing, and may have difficulty falling asleep in silence. If you’re someone who absolutely cannot fall asleep without the TV on and is unwilling to try other methods, make sure that your TV’s sleep timer is on, ideally for 30 minutes, with a maximum of an hour. Watch something boring: no politics, gunfire/violence, or a "whodunnit" shows. The best show is a rerun that you have seen a million times before.

SOURCE: Lifehacker

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